Artificial intelligence applied to the right tasks can reveal insights that wouldn’t otherwise be surfaced, and do it faster than manual human efforts. But there are still some tasks that humans perform better than machines. Eric Williams, VP of Data Science & Analytics at Omada Health provided a view into how his digital therapeutics company is combining AI with human intelligence to help pre-diabetic patients lose weight.

Williams provided these insights during the Interop ITX session, Where Artificial Intelligence Meets Human Intelligence: Building Digital Healthcare for the Future. At the very beginning of his presentation, he noted that while we know that diet and exercise and weight loss can prevent Type 2 diabetes, motivating individuals to make the necessary changes to their lifestyles is difficult. Yet companies that provide health insurance to their employees, particularly those companies with self-insurance, have a vested interest in reducing healthcare costs, and diabetes is an expensive condition.

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