JHF Sponsors First Annual PART Summit in Pittsburgh

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, speaks at the PART Summit.

Pittsburgh is setting the course for more thoughtful and ethical technological innovations, and this work gained momentum at the first Responsible Technology Annual Summit on June 14. The inaugural Summit was hosted by the Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology (PART), an independent, Pittsburgh-based nonprofit focused on working with the public and private sector to ensure technology is in the right direction for the benefit of the many. The Summit explored the ways the Pittsburgh region can lead the global discussion on what responsible technology means, and how it can influence society and the future.

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) was the presenting sponsor of the Summit, giving attendees across the academic, technology, startup, corporate, and nonprofit sectors the opportunity to learn about the great opportunity to translate artificial intelligence and big data solutions to address the challenges of medical error. Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, JHF president and CEO, outlined JHF and the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) patient safety innovation initiatives, including the effort to establish a National Patient Safety Board and PRHI's work to establish Pittsburgh as a global hub of autonomous patient safety. Dr. Feinstein's tone-setting presentation set the groundwork for the action-oriented discussions throughout the day.

The agenda included a panel on disinformation and technology; a discussion on AI engineering for change; a conversation about individual readiness and economy preparedness focused on equity and education; and a concluding keynote from Renée Cummings, an AI ethicist, criminologist, criminal psychologist, urban technologist, instructor, and data activist at the University of Virginia. JHF was proud to support the continuation of PART's work and looks forward to building out further the broad coalition of partners working toward thoughtful and innovative autonomous safety technology.

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