Surgery: Cutting Costs and Optimizing Outcomes with AI

Empiric Health founders Rick Adam and Justin Schaper talk about how they use AI to improve patient outcomes and the affordability of expensive healthcare procedures, such as surgery.

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Rick Adam
Rick Adam

CEO, Empiric Health

Rick Adam is CEO of Empiric Health, focusing on commercializing analytics for reducing unwarranted variation in surgery. He graduated from West Point, and while in the USAF, he led software teams in the space program, including the Apollo missions.

Justin Schaper
Justin Schaper

CTO, Empiric Health

Justin Schaper, CTO of Empiric Health, has more than 20 years in the healthcare and IT industries. He has created innovative software applications to help health systems identify variations in procedures and improve patient outcomes using proprietary analytics.


We’re on the verge of having 20% of the GDP in the United States spent on healthcare. That’s roughly twice what any other developed nation spends on healthcare. And, to be kind, I would say our results are sort of average.
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Empiric Health screenshot

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The COVID hotline quickly moved to telehealth and went from 20 telehealth visits a week to 9,000 a week. They put it on a very powerful AI system so you could either log on or call in and talk about what your symptoms were and get a first-level triage. That actually cut visits to the urgent care centers down by 20%.

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