In health care, he is known for his work on President Obama’s precision medicine initiative and as the first-ever chief informatics officer at the Food and Drug Administration. Now a senior leader of artificial intelligence at Amazon (AMZN), Dr. Taha Kass-Hout is working to implement many of his ideas for disrupting health care at one of the world’s largest technology companies.
During an interview with STAT at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s meeting in Orlando, Fla., Kass-Hout spoke passionately about the increasing power and utility of AI in health care. He discussed the progress of Amazon Web Service’s first machine learning product in health care, Comprehend Medical, and emphasized the need to back up the hype surrounding AI with validated results. This interview was edited and condensed for clarity.