KAUST Research Conference Digital Health 2020
January 20 - 22, 2020
Building 19, Hall 1
Bioscience Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and
Technology is pleased to announce the KAUST Research Conference on Digital
concept of Digital Health (DH) gained traction as a result of a number of complementary
advancements in computational sciences, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data
analytics, OMICS fields and biomedical technologies with the common aim of
improving the health of individuals as well as societal well-being.
holds the promise to completely revolutionize the entire healthcare system.
This is of fundamental importance when looking at challenges such as shortage
of doctors, pressed resources and rising demand from an ageing population in
the developed world and lack of developed infrastructure in developing
countries. Virtual clinics, wearable devices, smart inhalers for remote
monitoring, the use of artificial intelligence to interpret CT and MRI scans,
robotic surgery are just some examples of how technology can transform the way patients
consult and communicate with doctors and receive better health services through
lower cost. Improved access aims to ensure that the patients go to the right
place with minimum delay and are prioritized according to their conditions and
in healthcare are very high on the list of national priorities of the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia, as stated in the Vision 2030 policy document. In the quest to
achieve the many policy objectives, the DH concept can be applied across
multiple domains, particularly as expanding the variety of digital services is
the main stated objective of the Vision 2030.
of the primary objectives of work at CBRC is the convergence of many aspects of
its research that is relevant to DH, such as AI, Big Data analytics, OMICS,
systems biology etc. with their applications in medicine, biomedicine, and
human health. These activities are complemented through strategic partnerships
with clinical, medical, and governmental research institutes in the Kingdom,
and are designed to contribute to the development of DH in the Kingdom.
I strongly believe that the proposed Conference will provide a unique platform
for active exchange of ideas and experiences between researchers in the domain,
medical practitioners and other stakeholders in the public health domain.
behalf of the Organizing and Program Committees, I would like to welcome all
of the participants. As always, I look forward to a productive exchange of
ideas and hope that you will enjoy your stay at KAUST and Saudi Arabia.
Takashi Gojobori, Acting CBRC Director and Conference Chair