SFLHCC hosts AI Symposium and Health Champion Awards

DORAL, FL – The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC) organized an AI Symposium presented by the University of Miami Health System, and its Annual Health Champion Awards last Friday at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

Under the name “Artificial Intelligence: Navigating Our Future”, the symposium addressed how AI is changing and challenging healthcare and the medical field through a panel discussion held by four specialists.

Dr. Fernando Collado-Mesa, FSBI, Professor of Clinical Radiology at the University of Miami Health System, Dr. Allan Stewart, Chairman of Surgery and Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery at HCA Florida Mery Hospital, Dr. David Seo, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Nicklaus Children’s Health System, and James Lindgren, Executive Director of UHealth System Optimization were the ones leading the discussion moderated by Michelle Febres, Vice President at the National Marketing Group.

During the AI Symposium, panelists talked about the large language models prompts that doctors can use and the importance of learning how to properly apply them in the medical field, while they also discussed the urgency to educate ourselves and learn the basics of these programs and to not only implement them but monitor outcomes as opposed to “trust blindly”.

“AI is both sexy and dangerous,” Dr. Collado-Mesa said, referring to how AI although a novelty and a useful tool, trust should be built overtime with knowledge and understanding. “Make sure there is a human involved to monitor, that’s the road to trust”.

In addition, Dr. Seo said AI “offers a wonderful tool, a game changer in healthcare”, especially in the operational side through a series of data and mathematical calculations in the back end. However, he also mentioned it entails issues around data privacy and security. 

Lastly, all panelists agreed that although each one of them has been able to use these tools for many daily and urgent activities, there is still a lot of improvement to be done and perfection hasn’t been achieved. Dr. Stewart believes in the next years, “you’ll have to edit them less and less and money would need to be invested” but the human component should always be part of the equation. “How are you going to be involved?” he questions. 

Health Champion Awards

At the end of the AI Symposium, a series of honorees received an award for their outstanding contributions. They are as followed:

– 2024 Healthcare Champion Most Influential: Candy Sicle, Sales VP-Commercial. AvMe.

– 2024 Healthcare Champion Advocacy: Lourdes Rivas, Vice Chair, Easterseals South Florida Board of Directors.

– 2024 Healthcare Champion Community Engagement: Maria Sanchez Hunt, Founder Compassion Health Foundation.

2024 Healthcare Champion Government Advocacy: Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL) District 16.

– 2024 Healthcare Champion Humanitarian: Benjamin Leon III, Executive Vice Chairman of the Board, Leon Medical Centers.

– 2024 Healthcare Champion Marketing/Public Relations Advocacy: Violet Gonzalez, Director of Government Affairs, Sunrise Community Center.

– 2024 Healthcare Champion Emerging Leader: Vanessa Ferrod, Administrator, Eternal Life Services.

– 2024 Healthcare Champion Behavioral Health Advocacy: Senator Rene Garcia, Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 13.

– 2024 Healthcare Champion Innovation: Dr. Allan Stewart, Chairman of Surgery and Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery, HCA Florida Mercy Hospital.

– 2024 Healthcare Champion Heart of Compassion: Senator Ileana Gacia (R), District 36.




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