Machine Learning for Healthcare

With massive amounts of data flowing from EMRs, wearables, and countless other new sources, the potential for machine learning and AI to transform healthcare is perhaps more drastic and profound than any other industry.

But there are unique challenges that exist in healthcare that make it difficult to apply new technologies in the industry, including patient privacy issues, the lack of interoperability, and the diversity of digital health data. In this course, you'll gain practical knowledge that will enable you to overcome these hurdles and apply the latest advances in healthcare AI tools and techniques to:

  • Automate medical discoveries
  • Predict patient outcomes
  • Model disease progression
  • Identify & manage high-risk patients
  • Implement patient health initiatives
  • Prevent high-cost care

Lead Instructor(s): 

David Sontag


Jul 16, 2018 - Jul 17, 2018

Course Length: 

2 Days

Course Fee: 



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Participant Takeaways: 

  • Understand current ML trends and opportunities that they bring in healthcare
  • Outline practical problems that impact the application
  • See how to break down data silos between patients, providers and payers
  • Discover how to deploy ML to improve patient outcomes and/or impact the financial performance of your organization
  • Learn how to develop fair and unbiased algorithms
  • Grasp what predictive analytics often does not provide

Who Should Attend: 

This course is suitable for a wide-range of professionals and practitioners who are working (or are interested in working) in the healthcare industry. It is particularly geared toward those with an information technology or finance background, however executives and other leaders involved in finance, contracting, value-based care arrangements, ACOs, government relations, and others may benefit as well. A background in data science is helpful, but not required. 

Participants should be familiar with machine learning and comfortable programming in Python, performing basic data analysis, and using the machine learning toolkit Scikit-learn.

Computer requirements:

Laptops with Python and Scikit-learn installed are required. 


Course Schedule: 

This course consists of four modules, each of which will be a mix of case studies, theory, and practical tidbits:

Day 1:

  • Prediction: risk stratification
  • Time-series modeling

Day 2:

  • Causal inference: optimizing interventions
  • Deploying ML in healthcare settings



This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.