Democratizing Healthcare With AI | Lily Peng | TEDxGateway

Artificial intelligence (AI) can help us do stuff like finding a specific photo in our photos app, or translating signs into another language. What if we applied the same technology to really big problems in areas like healthcare? Google’s Dr. Lily Peng describes her journey from medicine to technology and outlines the potential of AI in healthcare, describing how her team trained an AI algorithm to detect diabetic eye disease in medical images to help doctors in India prevent millions of people from getting blind. Dr. Lily Peng is a doctor by training and now works with a team of doctors, scientists, and engineers at Google Health who use AI for medical imaging, to increase the availability and accuracy of care. Some of her team’s recent work includes building models to detect diabetic eye disease, predict cardiovascular health factors, and identify breast and lung cancer.

Before Google, Dr. Peng was a product manager at Doximity, the “LinkedIn for physicians” and a co-founder of Nano Precision Medical, a drug delivery device start-up. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors and distinction in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, California, a doctorate in Bioengineering and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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