Hacking Healthcare

How AI and the Intelligence Revolution Will Reboot an Ailing System

In this original work, Tom Lawry takes readers on a journey of understanding what we learned from fighting a global pandemic and how to apply these learnings to solve healthcare’s other big challenges. This book is about empowering clinicians and consumers alike to take control of what is important to them by harnessing the power of AI and the Intelligent Health Revolution to create a sustainable system that focuses on keeping all citizens healthy while caring for them when they are not.


“Tom Lawry reminds us that the health care industry can shift from glacial to warp speed when it needs to. Given the right tools, we can evolve from health systems to systems of health, baked with Responsible Intelligence to do good while embedded with respect, inclusion, and transparency. Health citizens deserve Tom’s vision to emerge.”

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
Health Economist
Author of Health Citizenship: How a virus opened up hearts and minds

“One of the most comprehensive compilations of groundbreaking AI topics that are fundamentally shaping healthcare today. Tom Lawry shines the light on these complex solutions in a simple and consumable manner. A must read for anyone wanting to learn more about how AI is transforming the world of healthcare in this post-pandemic world.”

Ankur Teredesai Ph.D,
Professor, University of Washington
Founding Director, Center for Data Science
Healthcare AI Entrepreneur

“In a substantive and brilliant follow-up to his prior impactful book AI in Health, Tom takes us on a futuristic journey of just how AI and its escalating panoply of tools can be in synergy with humans and concomitantly the necessary solution to our healthcare conundrum. In Hacking Healthcare, Tom astutely educates us on the myriad of nuances of AI in healthcare with his unique perspective as National Director of AI for Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft.

I applaud Tom for this outstanding work as a clarion call for all of us to take part in this “intelligent health revolution”. As we face the inevitable possibility of a shorter lifespan for our population, we owe Tom a debt of gratitude for his timely and insightful book that offers what we all very much need for our next generation: hope.”

Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, MS
Founder of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIMed)
Author of Intelligence-Based Medicine
Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer, Children’s Health of Orange County (CHOC)

“This is an exquisitely written one-of-a-kind book. The author masterfully helps bridge the understanding between healthcare administrators and physicians in the complex landscape of healthcare AI”

Eric Eskioglu, MD, FAANS
Executive Vice President – Chief Medical & Scientific Officer
Novant Health

“Throughout my medical career focused on effective healthcare, (terrestrially and in Space), I have witnessed the glaring need for timely access to relevant information. In health, as in most fields, the right information at the right time facilitates the right choice and drives the best outcome. AI and its associated advanced computational capabilities are essential to fuel critically needed shifts in healthcare. In this outstanding text, Tom Lawry renders the complex topic of AI comprehensible and impactful to a diverse audience. He moves the conversation beyond the “promise” of AI to describing actual applications and implementations. He also includes discussions of the most important underpinnings of precision health and distributed healthcare by highlighting prediction, prevention, precision intervention and outcomes, all of which will be greatly advanced by appropriate leveraging of AI to generate actionable information.

This book is a foundational resource to leaders, innovators and trainees across multiple disciplines. It will join my list of top recommendations to colleagues and required reading for my students going forward.”

Aenor J Sawyer, MD, MS
Director, UC Space Health Program
Co-Director, UCSF Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies Director, UCSF Skeletal Health Service Associate Professor, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF

“Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the next big thing in healthcare and its future is now. In “Hacking Healthcare,” Tom Lawry describes in rich detail the origins of AI, how AI is being used today, and what needs to be done to make AI an essential part of healthcare delivery. Whether you’re an AI novice or an AI pro, you’ll find this book both fascinating and insightful.”

David C. Rhew, M.D
Global Chief Medical Officer

“Following the success of his first book, AI in Health, I predict that Tom Lawry’s new work “Hacking Healthcare” will be another global Best Seller. Lawry not only has a firm grasp of the use and impact of “AI in the health community” but also has a thorough understanding of how AI can be seamlessly integrated in today’s Intelligent Health Systems with other technologies to transform health for patients, health consumers and the clinicians.

I love this book and highly recommend it to all members of the Health community from the C-Suite to the boardroom and everywhere in between.”

Harry P. Pappas
Founder & CEO
The Intelligent Health Association

About the author

Tom Lawry serves as National Director of AI for Health & Life Sciences at Microsoft and previously served as Director of Worldwide Health. Tom works with providers, payors and life science organizations in planning & implementing innovative solutions that improve the quality and efficiency of health services delivered around the globe.

Tom focuses on strategies for digital transformation applied to performance optimization including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Cognitive Services. He previously served as Director of Organizational Performance for Microsoft’s health incubator (Health Solutions Group).
Prior to Microsoft Tom served as a Senior Director at GE Healthcare with global responsibilities for revenue cycle analytics and operational performance solutions.

Lawry was founder and CEO of Verus, a healthcare software company named as one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Washington Companies for three consecutive years and to the Deloitte Fast 500 Technologies list.

For twelve years Lawry served in various executive management roles in hospitals and integrated delivery networks. He has published numerous articles on using technology to innovate healthcare. His new book is Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: A Leader’s Guide to Winning in the New Age of Intelligent Health Systems.

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