Big Data for Health Conference and Workshops for Asia-Pacific

4-5 July 2017 | Harolds Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines


With the increasing digitization of health data, many developing countries are now seeking ways to understand and obtain actionable insights from them. The “Big Data for Health Conference and Workshops for the Asia-Pacific” aims to bring together policy-makers, innovators, academics and business to discuss strategies and approaches to making health data work for improving health systems.

The University of the Philippines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the Asia eHealth Information Network join forces to bring to Cebu a renowned team with expertise ranging from artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics and technopreneurship to share the state-of-the-art in health data analytics.




Day 1
04 Jul 2017
Day 2
05 Jul 2017


Welcome Ceremonies

Atty. Liza Corro, Chancellor, University of the Philippines Cebu


Dr Lilian de las Llagas, Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
Lilian de las Llagas

The Role of Governance, Architecture, Program Management, Standards and Interoperability (AeHIN’s Mind the GAPS)  in Health Data Analytics

Alvin Marcelo, Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) Download presentation slides here
Alvin Marcelo

Resource Sharing in Medical Education towards Improving Health Outcomes, Medical Mobile Clinic and Telemedicine

Julieta Gabiola, Stanford University Download presentation slides here
Julieta Gabiola

Sharing critical care data for research and education: Experiences from the MIMIC project

Tom Pollard, MIT Download presentation slides here Session overview: Huge volumes of data are generated in hospitals daily, such as vital sign timeseries, laboratory test results, medical images, medication records, and bedside notes. Unfortunately, the potential of this data to educate researchers and improve patient care is typically limited by social...
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Tom Pollard

The Rise of Health Hackathons and Datathons

Mataroria Lyndon Download presentation slides here
Mataroria Lyndon

Machine Learning in Healthcare

Alistair E. W. Johnson, MIT Download presentation slides here
Alistair E. W. Johnson

Morning Break

Physiological Signal Processing

Chen Xie, MIT Download presentation slides here
Chen Xie

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Wei-Hung Weng, Taiwan Download presentation slides here
Wei-Hung Weng

Big Data for Public Health

Stephanie Ko, NUS Download presentation slides here
Stephanie Ko

Protecting Big Data: Philippines and UK Experience

Raymond Sarmiento, UP Manila Download presentation slides here James Batchelor, EDGE Download presentation slides here
James Batchelor
Raymond Francis Sarmiento

Workshop Orientation

Coordinator: Leo Anthony Celi
Leo Anthony Celi



Workshops Part 1

Workshop 1: Physiological Signal Processing

  Workshop Requirements – Laptop – Python 3.5 interpreter installed – Git installed – Github account – The following python packages installed (also contained in the requirements.txt file): ipython>=5.1.0 jupyter>=1.0.0 matplotlib>=1.5.3 numpy>=1.12.1 pandas>=0.19.1 scikit-learn>=0.18.1 scipy>=0.19.0 sklearn>=0.0 wfdb>=1.1.2   Participants Familiarity with Python programming language
Van Owen Sesaldo
Chen Xie

Workshop 2: Integrating Technology in Medical Education

Websites mentioned Rapporteur slides: Workshop2_report Twitter: @endocrine_witch Workshop Requirements – Laptop Participants – No programming skills needed
Iris Thiele Isip-Tan
Julieta Gabiola

Workshop 3: Big Data for Public Health and eHealth

Presentation slides Rapporteur slides: Big Data & Public Health Workshop_report Workshop Requirements – Laptop – R and R studio – Firefox with SQLite extension installed   Participants – Familiarity with R language (basic level)
Raymond Francis Sarmiento
Stephanie Ko

Workshop 4: Biomedical Text Mining and Natural Language Processing

Presentation slides Workshop Report Participants were given the link to all resources and scripts. Data source: (Deidentified Medical Text) — takes 5-7 days for your account to be approved Workshop slides Part 0: Setting up R and RStudio Part 1: Introduction to information retrieval, information extraction, and text mining regular...
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Alvin Marcelo
Wei-Hung Weng

Fellowship Dinner

by invitation for speakers and organizers


Nurturing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Universities

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James W. Weis


Workshop 5: EDGE Clinical: Preparing a platform for big data in health research

Rapporteur slides: EDGE_Cebu presentation_report   Workshop Requirements – None   Participants – No programming skills needed
James Batchelor
Raymond Francis Sarmiento

Workshop 6: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Workshop Outline: – Overview talk by James – Elevator pitch (5min) pitches and feedback  by proponents of various projects and ventures – Case studies by James – Q&A and wrap up
Luis Sison
James W. Weis

Workshop 7: Machine Learning Techniques for Big Data and Extracting Actionable Knowledge

Workshop Requirements – Laptop – Anaconda (Python 3.6) installed *Anaconda is a convenient method but not required, e.g. participants can simply have Python 3.5 with the necessary packages (numpy, pandas, scikit-learn, scipy, and matplotlib)   Participants Python familiarity desired but not required   *To print and distribute: DUA from Alistair
Alvin O. Yu
Alistair E. W. Johnson

Workshop 8: Datathons to Support Cross-Disciplinary Education and Research

Workshop Overview In this interactive workshop we explore how open data enables “datathons”, events that bring together teams of researchers to work together on unanswered clinical questions. We begin by outlining the datathon model and describe our experiences in holding these events internationally. We then give participants an opportunity to...
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Mary Gretchen F. Chaves
Tom Pollard





Iris Thiele Isip-Tan



To join the UP-MIT-Stanford-AeHIN Big Data for Health Conference and Workshops for Asia-Pacific, please register through this link:

The workshop will be held on July 4-5, 2017 at Harolds Hotel, Gorordo Avenue Lahug Cebu City. A conference fee of P3,000.00 per live-out participant will be collected during the event. The fee covers for the conference-workshop kit, lunch and two snacks for two days, and a conference dinner.

For hotel accommodation, participants can reserve a room at Harolds Hotel at 3,300 php per night. Please contact Ms. Diane A. Cervantes, Sales Account Manager of UP Cebu, at these numbers: 0917 711 8820 or 032 505 7777. They can also opt to directly book at nearby hotels.