Interview with Dr.Sahar Hashmi, Harvard Faculty member…

Harvard faculty member, Dr.Sahar Hashmi, discusses the importance of redesigning university curriculums and upgrading managerial/industry skills to prepare for the drastic fast-paced technological changes—
before it is too late.

What do you mean by smart systems?

Smart systems use technologies and sensors that utilize artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to generate and analyze data for smart decision-making. In the medical field, smart technologies can help patients and providers manage medical conditions and improve care processes more efficiently by helping make data-driven decisions. We are moving toward an era where big tech giants such as Apple, Walmart, Google and Amazon are competing to create a smart healthcare system where all stakeholders are aligned. In this context, Amazon recently bought One Medical. From a healthcare system’s perspective, Amazon is a complete healthcare system for its customers. It encompasses all the essential services and products, including a virtual care model (One Medical—virtual PCP platform), AWS web cloud services, Pill pack pharmacy, Whole foods for healthier diet and food, wearables-data, and healthcare products through Amazon’s online retail shop. Here, I would emphasize the power of big data analytics and data-driven decision-making in Amazon’s new system of care, which could revolutionize the world of healthcare systems management. In my course at Harvard, I have further discussed the role of stakeholders in establishing an entire healthcare ecosystem by big tech giants, the automation of services, and robotics in medicine and industry.

Why do you think it is important to incorporate different skill sets in grad students and business/hospital executives?

“Current technologies and automation services are quickly advancing and the latest developments are helping us shape our lives in innovative ways. We have started to have conversations with chatbots who sound just like humans. We use algorithms selecting the best candidates for the job search. There are now algorithms that can triage a patient and help him navigate to the concerned physician. I believe it is a necessity and a dire need for transitional curriculums to incorporate skill sets related to AI awareness and data analytics to compensate for the obvious gap between technology advancements and the traditional learning curves of these emerging technologies. The downside of not paying attention to reinventing and redesigning the traditional education curriculums may lead to increased risk of joblessness shortly.”

How do you think it will benefit society in the future?

The redesigned curriculums in the academic world will generate student graduates who are more prepared and equipped to deal with the advanced technologies and their applications. I believe such individuals with extra skill sets will be more in demand for the job market. On the other hand, the existing businesses should encourage their current employees and executives to enhance their skills with the new technological demands.

Dr. Sahar Hashmi is the CEO of the consulting firm Myriad Consulting LLC in Massachusetts, USA. Myriad Consulting LLC conducts projects in the USA and globally.

Dr. Sahar Hashmi is a regular leadership contributor of Entrepreneur magazine where she provides expert opinions on topics like developing innovative Healthcare Ecosystems, AI in Healthcare and Robotics, Digital-health , Digital transformation of businesses, BigDataAnalytics. Smart Systems Design, Metaverse and NFTs Contact: 617-580-6760

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