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The Human Side of AI: Predicting Spine Surgery Outcomes
Ever since Corey Walker, MD, became a spine surgeon, the traditional measure of success focused on how well a patient was able to walk, bend or move after spine surgery. Now, with the help of artificial intelligence, Walker is measuring success differently.
"The unique thing we’re doing with this project is really focusing in on the pain medication part of it, because opioid addiction continues to be a challenge, and we are looking for ways to improve pain management after surgery," Walker said.
Walker’s team, in collaboration with the Cedars-Sinai Department of Computational Biomedicine, is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict which patients are most likely to successfully manage their pain post-surgery, and which patients might need additional assistance.
"This project uses artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze millions of data points and predict
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Precision Health Perspectives: How Artificial Intelligence Can Revolutionize Medical Care
In February, UCI launched the Institute for Precision Health, a campus-wide, interdisciplinary endeavor that merges UCI’s powerhouse health sciences, engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, clinical genomics and data science capabilities. The objective is to identify, create and deliver the most effective health and wellness strategy for each individual person and, in doing so, confront the linked challenges of health equity and the high cost of care.
IPH will bring a multifaceted, integrated approach to what many call the next great advancement in healthcare. The institute is an ecosystem for collaboration across disciplines.
Besides leading the applied artificial intelligence research group for IPH, Dr. Peter Chang is co-director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine and assistant professor-in-residence in radiological sciences in the Scho
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People with Severe COVID-19 Face Increased Risk of Life-Threatening Blood Clots
Individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 were more likely to develop venous thromboembolism – a potentially life-threatening condition – than those hospitalized with influenza, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, evaluated the absolute risk of hospitalized deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism events within 90 days after admission. “Our research found this association both before and during vaccine availability, showing that the risk was not stemming from vaccination,” said Vincent Lo Re III, MD, MSCE, an associate professor of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at Penn and the study’s first author. “And that’s particularly important because individuals say they do not want to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of clotting risks. COVID-19 itself
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Largest International Effort to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing of Health Professionals and Patient Safety
Magnet4Europe, a 4 million Euro project funded by the European Commission, is the largest international implementation science project ever attempted to fundamentally change hospital work environments to improve clinician and patient wellbeing. Today the BMJ Open scientific journal published the scientific protocol for Magnet4Europe establishing its scientific and clinical significance.
The project, involving a randomized trial in 130 hospitals in 7 countries, has prevailed over the pandemic. The grant supports the international partnership of some of the world’s leading Universities led by KU Leuven, Belgium and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, USA.
The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated the dangerously high levels of physician and nurse burnout that predated and worsened during the pandemic and led to international alarm ab