Dr. Amar Gupta from MIT Exclusive Interview with Matt Bird at Converge2Xcelerate | Traders Network Show – Boston, MA

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Dr. Amar Gupta, Prof. Computer Science and AI Lab at MIT with Matt Bird at Converge2Xcelerate Conference (Boston, MA)


  • Dr. Gupta pioneered research that led to the innovation of e-checks
  • Dr. Gupta just named Editor in Chief of Telehealth and Medicine Today journal
  • Global telehealth market expected to reach $16.8 billion by 2024


INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS: Dr. Amar Gupta, Prof. Computer Science and AI Lab at MIT interview with Matt Bird

Matt Bird – Host, Traders Network Show: 00:00

Welcome back. I’m here with Dr. Amar Gupta who just came out the panel. Doctor, welcome. Welcome to the show. You are heading the telemedicine initiative for MIT, is that correct?

Dr. Amar Gupta – Prof. of computer science & AI lab, MIT: 00:11

Yes. I’m coordinating a number of activities in the telemedicine area and dealing with industry. I’m dealing with academia. I’m dealing with government agencies in that area.

Matt Bird – Host, Traders Network Show: 00:20

Why is this event important?

Dr. Amar Gupta – Prof. of computer science & AI lab, MIT: 00:22

The reason it’s important is that people are talking about they want to make a change, but in order to make change, different constituencies have to work together. Those are areas that which industry, academia, government should work their cases. We are competing. You have to work with competitors. There are things where you have to work internationally.

Matt Bird – Host, Traders Network Show: 00:40

Now you been around a while. You’ve been a professor now, now you’re, you’re at MIT heading, heading the the telecom initiative. You’re here with a lot of other thought leaders. What, what do you hope to take away from the event?

Dr. Amar Gupta – Prof. of computer science & AI lab, MIT: 00:49

I was an endowed professor at two other universities. I became an endowed professor. The third one because of something that happened in the healthcare sector where my wife was hurt and the hospital won’t take care of her. They basically made us fly to the other coast. It’s 2,500 miles to get emergency surgery done. That was one of the bases. And I’ve seen other areas where people have been mistreated in health care. We have some of the best things in this country, but we also have some very poor practices in this country. And the same applies to other countries. So what are hoping here is to work with colleagues to make sure that people get proper healthcare. They get it good quality, they get it in a timely manner and they don’t have to spend too much for it. That’s the mission.

Matt Bird – Host, Traders Network Show: 01:30

What do you think the biggest change that we can make in the short term in order to make that happen in the short term?

Dr. Amar Gupta – Prof. of computer science & AI lab, MIT: 1:34

I think we are missing leadership in this area. We all are working in our own little modules. We are not talking with each other. In order to do anything significant, we have to work together. We can work together in a local area, we can work together in a state, we can look work together in a small country. That’s the way I think we should go to the next step. That’s how innovation happened in other fields as well.

Matt Bird – Host, Traders Network Show: 01:54

You know, innovation, the SDGs have, have been pushing innovation in a lot of different areas, infrastructure development and conductivity, those sorts of things. And it makes things like telemedicine possible. What could we be doing on a local level to help move something like a telemedicine initiative along for those who don’t have insurance, for example, how do we get the message out? How do you educate the public?

Dr. Amar Gupta – Prof. of computer science & AI lab, MIT: 02:15

Well, I think there’s several methods which are possible. One is that in my work earlier, I would say that all the laws which private provision of telemedicine across state boundaries, those were illegal and unconstitutional. The VA has gone ahead and accepted it. Other people are really still slow in accepting the change. So we should be able to have people be able to reach a doctor anywhere in the country at least if not abroad in other countries that allow people to go across foreign boundaries, but that’s not what we are. We will happen in the near future. In the US though there are examples like Emory’s having doctors and nurses in Australia helping out in some cases, so we do these kinds of things. I think we’ll have a quicker response from doctors. We’ll have better competition, we’ll have more people coming in and we’ll have better prices. I think those what we can do in the short term.

Matt Bird – Host, Traders Network Show: 02:58

Hopefully better outcomes.

Dr. Amar Gupta – Prof. of computer science & AI lab, MIT: 3:00

And hopefully better outcomes because we are learning from each other and some of these cases are less. We learned from each other. We won’t be able to improve what we do with them.

Matt Bird – Host, Traders Network Show: 3:11

Well doctor Dr. Gupta is pleasure happy on the show. I really appreciate it. I know you’ve got some other media that says waiting for you and are you on any other panels or is this it for you today?

Dr. Amar Gupta – Prof. of computer science & AI lab, MIT: 3:19

Yes, I’m on another panel that’s on what has happened in the case in Israel where people have worked together across different communities to provide emergency healthcare at almost zero cost. That’s a great example for people to think.

Matt Bird – Host, Traders Network Show: 3:31

Well, you know what? If you’re watching this program, you’re gonna be able to watch the full archives of the show the traders network and, and ABC, ABC, Fox and CBS. We’ll be right back with our next guest, Dr. Gupta from MIT. Congratulations all your success

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