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Presence champions the human experience in medicine.

Being present is essential to the well-being of both patients and caregivers, and it is fundamental to establishing trust in all human interactions. Being present is integral to the art and the science of medicine and predicates the quality of medical care.

The experience of suffering and the care of those who are suffering are the most poignant of human experiences. We believe both of these can be better addressed in society and in our health care systems.

Our goal is to foster research, dialogue, and multidisciplinary collaboration to produce measurable and meaningful change in health care.

Presence is unifying the best talent to strengthen the human dimension in medicine and medical education.

Our Areas of Strategic Focus

Harnessing technology for the human experience in medicine

Studying and advocating for the patient-physician relationship

Reducing medical errors

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JAMA - Clinicians sharing "A Piece of My Mind"

Tele-Presence 5: A ritual of connection for virtual visits
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Practices to Foster Physician Presence and Connection With Patients in the Clinical Encounter

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Publication is now LIVE: from AI Event November 08, 2019

Artifical Intelligence In Healthcare: The Hope, The Hype, The Promise, The Peril

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Bestselling author to discuss revolutionary doctors from Elsie Inglis to Che Guevara

A New York Times bestselling author will discuss Che Guevara and the role of doctors in revolution at The Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. Full recap located here

Presence Showcases 2019 Seed Grant Awardees for AI in Medicine: Inclusion & Equity 

Eric Topol and Abraham Verghese: 'We Need to Be More Human'

Verghese: I'd love to tell you more about that."Presence" came about for two reasons. One was our sense that the electronic medical record, at the time, was a technology that was so intrusive in ... 

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As Artificial Intelligence Moves Into Medicine, The Human Touch Could Be A Casualty

"I think for too long we've had this assumption that any new technology is good, more is better," says Abraham Verghese, a physician who works in partnership with Thadaney at a Stanford center that focuses on the human aspects of medical care."

"Just to carry that thought forward," Verghese says, "AI algorithms we already know are causing inequities in bail bonding, inequities in real estate," as well as in policing. Unconscious racism and other biases get baked in, without the developers even being aware of it. "That same kind of algorithmic approach can easily infect medicine and probably does," Verghese says.

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Can artificial intelligence help doctors with the human side of medicine?

Presence Announces Seed Grant Awardees for AI in Medicine: Inclusion & Equity

Stanford’s Presence Center’s AI in Medicine: Inclusion & Equity Initiative has just announced its seed grant awardees for 2019.  The program’s goal is to “explore solutions, frameworks, and concepts to address the challenges raised at the symposium relating to the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and associated technologies, processes, and policies to address inclusion and equity in medicine and healthcare.”  Six grants were awarded for the inaugural program and two more for 2019; the details of each are displayed below.

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AI in Medicine: Inclusion & Equity

Thank you to all who joined us in August.  Please see photos and videos here

Human Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Symposium

April 17,  2018

Inaugural HIAI Symposium discusses role of AI in medicine

How do doctors retain a human connection with patients and ensure that new developments in technology enhance, rather than impede, medical care?

Speakers discussed that challenge recently at the daylong Human Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Symposium hosted by the Presence Center and co-sponsored by the Stanford Department of Medicine.

Physician, author Abraham Verghese receives National Humanities Medal

Abraham Verghese, MD, the critically acclaimed author, was honored at a White House ceremony for helping to deepen the nation’s understanding of the human experience.

The Importance Of Being

Good patient care is found not on a computer screen but in being truly present with patients.