Show Notes

Air Date: 7/7/2020

How AI is changing the world of health care

Piali De, Ph.D. is a co-founder and CEO of Senscio Systems, a technology company developing AI platforms that automatically make sense of varied and voluminous data to support informed decision-making. Senscio’s Ibis Platform applies AI to intelligently integrate self-care at home with community resources to optimize self-management of complex health. The Ibis platform is currently deployed in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Piali is the co-inventor of Senscio’s patented Scio™ framework, an artificial intelligence inference engine that contextualizes data in any domain into actionable intelligence. She is also the co-inventor of Ibis, a health management system built upon Scio.

Prior to Senscio Systems, Piali was an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems. At Raytheon, she developed a system called Confluence™, designed to deliver knowledge-based decision support for public safety missions, pandemic crisis, natural disaster responses, military missions, and situations that require multiple organizations to analyze data simultaneously and respond in immediate unison.

Piali earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics from Hunter College of the City University of New York, with Summa Cum Laude honors, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Sigma Pi Sigma honor societies and is the recipient of the National Women of Color’s 2009 Technology Innovation award. In 2005, Piali received the Raytheon CEO Award, Raytheon IDS President’s Award and Raytheon Business Development Excellence Award, for her work with the United States Marine Corps.


In the episode:

3:30 – After finishing her Ph.D., Piali explains how her interest in artificial intelligence began, from the defense industry to health care.

6:11 – While her product is taking off now because of COVID-19, Piali describes some of the challenges she had to overcome by entering the market too early.

8:39 – Piali talks about expanding operations to Maine and how Senscio Systems is helping Mainers in congregate housing.

12:11 – Piali explains how telehealth is more important now as fewer people with chronic conditions are able to visit their doctors due to COVID-19.

13:35– Nancy and Piali talk about the benefits of telehealth for family members who help those with chronic conditions manage their health.

16:30 – As Ibis expands into senior housing, Piali shares how members are taken care of both digitally and through member advocates.

18:50 – Even during COVID-19, Piali describes how many Senscio Systems jobs have been created.

21:57 – Piali shares how digital health will transform healthcare to become more personalized.

25:25 – Piali describes the future of aging in place by taking into account both social interaction and health care.

29:36 – Piali talks about how reading meets her character traits of curiosity and connecting the dots.



Keeping the mind more active, albeit assisted by AI, is where I think AI will make significant changes to aging in place. That’s why people will be able to stay in their homes another two or three years.” Piali De, CEO of Senscio Systems



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