David Zakim – Presenter
is and founder and chairman of the IDM-Foundation at the Institute for Digital Medicine
in Stuttgart, Germany, which is engaged in a broad effort to improve the quality of healthcare through the innovative use of computing.
Members of the IDM-Foundation believe that computing must become a core element in the healthcare process rather than an add-on to be used at a doctor's discretion.
The IDM-Foundation formalizes medical knowledge as machine-readable so that computers can become autonomous participants in the healthcare process.
Prior to his
involvement in this activity, Zakim
had an academic career as teacher and medical scientist at the University of California at San Francisco
and Cornell University Medical College