Introducing the 2024 NJBIZ Health Care Power 50
Introducing the 2024 NJBIZ Health Care Power 50

March 25, 2024 issue of NJBIZ

Technological advances are reshaping most industries and healthcare is no exception. In fact, healthcare providers were moving steadily toward the use of new technologies before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the public health crisis has only accelerated that shift.

Perhaps the main topic of conversation and debate now is the use of artificial intelligence. Professionals across sectors are discovering that AI can perform tedious, repetitive tasks more efficiently than humans – freeing humans to use their training to greater effect.

The executive who tops our top 10 list this year, Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert Garrett, explores the potential uses—and pitfalls—of AI in his role at the World Economic Forum. After returning from the WEF meeting in Davos this year, he described the discussions he and other leaders have had around the opportunities presented by AI.

“For example, in the area of ​​expanding access to health care, there’s no doubt that AI can connect patients and communities, if you will, to health care and health care providers like never before, especially in underserved areas through information, through algorithms , that can really provide better health information to these communities,” Garrett told NJBIZ. “So there’s been a lot of discussion around access to health care and how we safely deploy AI to improve access to health care in terms of health equity. If you think about it, there is such a disparity depending on whether you are in a so-called developed country or an underdeveloped country. Life expectancy can vary up to 30 years, depending on where you live. So the idea was, how can we deploy artificial intelligence to fill some of these health capital gaps?’

Accomplishing this feat would indeed represent an outstanding achievement in the annals of AI. But bots can’t duplicate human touch, human experience, or human intuition. It’s a tool, and in skilled hands, AI can be a powerful tool. This is where the individuals on this list come in.

The people listed here are among the most talented researchers, practitioners, and leaders in health care. They are simply irreplaceable. But they know how to make the most of their resources – both human and technological. And they are guided by professional and moral values ​​that greatly reduce the dangers associated with the spread of artificial intelligence.

Ultimately, the promise of all technologies, not just AI, is that they help unleash human intelligence and capabilities. The good ones get better and the best ones get even more exceptional. That’s what we expect from each of the people recognized on these pages.

So please take a look at the profiles that follow and let us know what you think about the choices covered here and the issues these leaders face. As always, the top 10 honorees are listed in order; the rest are arranged alphabetically.

Power List Methodology

The power lists are compiled by the NJBIZ editorial staff based on our reports over the past year with input from experts in various fields and recommendations from our readers. The staff is looking for people who have earned public attention – and perhaps recognition – for their professional achievements and public service. Each list identifies individuals whose efforts help make New Jersey a better place to live, work and do business. Honorees are not necessarily better at their jobs than others in their profession, but they have contributed significantly to the advancement of the public interest through their work and/or community service.

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