SCAI keynotes to emphasize tech, big data and research needs

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions’ (SCAI) 2015 convention will kick off May 6 with a session on state-of-the-art technologies, which will include keynote lectures by Christian Assad-Kottner, MD, of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., and Peter J. Fitzgerald, MD, of Stanford University in California.

Assad-Kottner will address key aspects of incorporating and implementing exponential technologies in the cath lab. Exponential technologies involve the concept of Moore’s law, which states that every 18 to 24 months computational power doubles.

Fitzgerald will discuss the future of technology and how it will influence the physician, patient and healthcare system.

Other keynote speakers include Joseph Loscalzo, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who will discuss how advances in big data help to unlock some of the complexities of congenital heart disease and uncover the complex pathways that influence disease. This knowledge is expected to open the door for new, personalized treatments. Loscalzo will speak May 7.

On May 8, Robert Harrington, MD, of Stanford University, will lecture on the critical need for more clinical research in interventional cardiology, simplification of larger trials, better early-phase investigations and increased use of EHRs to ease the path to new research.

The convention is May 6-9 in San Diego.