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Registration now open for the March 13-14 Duke Symposium on Fostering AI/ML Research for Health Equity and Learning Transformation (FAIR HEALTH™)

We are thrilled to invite you to our upcoming symposium, Fostering AI/ML Research for Health Equity and Learning Transformation (FAIR HEALTH™), scheduled for March 13-14, 2024, at the Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC. This two-day event is dedicated to advancing discussions on cutting-edge research and practices aimed at promoting equity and fairness in algorithmic systems.

Attendance is free and open to everyone. Please join us! Register at https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RIrLwyKEyM8FOm

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Advancing Healthcare Equity through AI/ML Innovation: Duke hosts FAIR HEALTH Workshop on Algorithmic Bias in Healthcare

Monday, January 8, 2024: Duke University recently hosted the Fostering AI/ML Research for Health Equity and Learning Transformation (FAIR HEALTH) Workshop at the Kirby Horton Hall in the scenic Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC. This inclusive event was designed for individuals passionate about advancing healthcare through innovation while emphasizing equity and fairness in clinical algorithms. Attendees, including faculty, staff, and students, comprised a diverse audience committed to shaping the future of healthcare technology.

The FAIR HEALTH Workshop focused on the pressing issue of algorithmic bias in clinical decision-making, offering participants valuable insights and strategies to identify, evaluate, and mitigate biases in healthcare algorithms. With AI and machine learning playing increasingly pivotal roles, the imperative was to ensure these technologies don’t inadvertently perpetuate biases, promoting unequal treatment.

A distinguished panel of experts, featuring Duke AI Health’s Michael Cary, PhD, RN, Sophia Bessias, MPH, MSA, and Ben Goldstein, PhD, and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy’s Christina Silcox, PhD, led discussions into the legal and ethical dimensions surrounding the implementation of clinical algorithms. The panelists offered practical strategies applicable across the entire development lifecycle. Their aim extended beyond raising awareness about the challenges posed by algorithmic bias; they sought to equip attendees with the tools needed to effectively address these challenges.

The workshop’s contributions were pivotal, illuminating a path for advancing healthcare equity through innovative AI and machine learning solutions that enhance patient care while minimizing bias and prioritizing equity.

Another distinctive element of the FAIR HEALTH Workshop was its interactive nature. Organizers seamlessly integrated a combination of lectures and an engaging case study discussion to foster active participation. The case study honed in on a clinical prediction algorithm deployed at Duke Health, allowing participants to apply their bias-probing skills in a real-world scenario.

The panelists underscored the importance of considering legal and ethical implications in the development and deployment of clinical algorithms. The complex regulations surrounding AI in healthcare were demystified, providing clear guidance to participants. This knowledge is pivotal in navigating the evolving landscape of healthcare technology, ensuring that ethical considerations stand at the forefront of AI integration.

Attendee feedback underscored the success of the workshop, receiving a stellar rating of over 4.5 out of 5. The interactive discussions and practical examples emerged as key components that significantly enhanced the understanding of how biases can infiltrate clinical AI tools. Participants expressed gratitude for the opportunity to hone their skills in assessing data reliability and reducing bias, crucial elements for preventing AI systems from inadvertently favoring certain patient groups.

The FAIR HEALTH Workshop at Duke University marked a substantial stride in ongoing efforts to ensure fairness in AI used in patient care. The event successfully brought together a diverse group of professionals, fostering collaboration across disciplines, including clinicians, clinician scientists, social scientists, and technical experts. As AI integration in healthcare continues to burgeon, the commitment to its ethical application extends beyond professional boundaries, becoming a community responsibility.

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Duke’s Quantitative Expertise Shines at the Health Data Science Poster Showcase

By Jessica Johnstone

Friday, December 8, 2023 was a lively day as the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Kirby Horton Hall was transformed into a hub of quantitative activity, hosting the Health Data Science Poster Showcase. It included 55 posters, each featuring insightful research, showcasing the depth and talent of Duke’s diverse community. From statistics and informatics to machine learning and data engineering, the topics spanned the full spectrum of health data science. Students, fellows, staff, and faculty alike presented their work, illuminating the collaborative spirit that thrives at Duke. The event, championed by Duke AI Health, the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute, the Laboratory for Transformative Administration, and the Center for Computational Thinking, was a testament to Duke’s commitment to fostering innovative research.

The event was a resounding success, fostering connections, sparking ideas, and leaving everyone energized by the potential of data-driven health. “The showcase illuminated the depth and impact of health data science across Duke,” Shelley Rusincovitch, MMCi, the event’s director said. “Empowering these collaborations is precisely why we do what we do.”

Health Data Science Poster Showcase venue

Michael Pencina, PhD, Chief Data Scientist for Duke Health and Director of Duke AI Health, extended a warm welcome to the audience. He remarked, “This endeavor reflects Duke’s dedication to ethical equitable data science, showcasing the application of advanced natural language processing methods to extract meaningful insights for the future of healthcare.”

Akshay Bareja, PhD, an Assistant Professor in Duke Molecular Physiology Institute, presented the Best Computational Thinking awards from Duke’s Center for Computational Thinking, to Tanner J. Zachem, a PhD student in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Brain Tool Laboratory under Patrick Codd, and Aditya Parekh, MS, a Duke AI Health Data Science fellow in Rohit Singh’s lab. Dr. Bareja commented, “There were so many excellent posters presented. I was particularly struck by the novelty and sophistication of the winner (TumorID) and runner-up (Sceodesic). The Tumor ID team developed a florescence spectroscopy device that can accurately classify tumor type and shows promise as a tool that can be used during surgery to perform real-time tumor identification and classification. Inspired by how flight paths are computed, the Sceodesic team developed a novel gene-program discovery algorithm. The clear and immediate real-world impact of TumorID gave it the edge and the fact that the presenter, Tanner Zachem, is still a first-year PhD student made the achievement all the more impressive!”

Poster Awardees

Mr. Zavhem’s poster, “Machine Learning and Laser Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy for In Vivo Brain Tumor Identification” included co-authors Rory Goodwin MD, PhD, and Patrick J. Codd MD. Mr. Parekh’s poster “Sceodesic: Navigating the Manifold of Single-cell Gene Coexpression to Discover Interpretable Gene Programs” included co-authors Sinan Ozbay, MFin, and Rohit Singh, PhD.

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Please join us for the next Health Data Science Poster Showcase

Duke Health Data Science Poster Showcase
Happening tomorrow: Friday, December 8, 2023 |  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Eastern time)
In person at the Sarah Duke Gardens, Kirby Horton Hall

The fall 2023 Health Data Science Poster Showcase will highlight the transformative work in health data science happening all across Duke. We’re excited that the showcase will feature 54 posters – our largest-ever showcase – with participation by departments, centers, and institutes from all across Duke.

We will serve a light lunch from 11:00-1:00, and we invite you to join the group photo at 12:00 PM and the poster award presentations at 12:30 PM. You can drop in for a few minutes, or stay for the entire time!

All are welcome, and we invite you to join us! Please do feel free to share and forward to others.

The event will be held in the Sarah Duke Gardens, in the visitor center Kirby Horton Hall (420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC 27708). This is just a short walk from the main hospital and clinics, and close to the C1 and H1 Duke Transit Routes. Free, reserved parking for this event is next to the building (through the Anderson Street entrance).

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Registration open for FAIR HEALTH workshop on January 8, 2024

FAIR HEALTH (Fostering AI/ML Research for Health Equity and Learning Transformation)
Monday, January 8, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
In person at Sarah Duke Gardens in Kirby Horton Hall

This event is open to anyone who is passionate about advancing healthcare through innovation while ensuring health equity and fairness in clinical algorithms, including faculty, staff, and students.

This workshop will delve into the critical issue of algorithmic bias and clinical decision making. This is an opportunity to gain essential insights and practical strategies to identify, mitigate, and evaluate bias in clinical algorithms. We will also explore the legal and ethical implications of algorithmic bias in healthcare, an aspect that is gaining increasing importance in today’s dynamic healthcare landscape. To enrich the workshop and encourage active participation, we have incorporated a combination of lectures and an interactive case study discussion, making it an even more rewarding experience for all attendees. By engaging in this workshop, and learning from one another, we can pave the way for a future where healthcare algorithms enhance patient care, minimize bias, and prioritize equity.

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PCORI HSII Capacity Building Launches

Duke University Health System has received a new capacity-building contract with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This contract, as part of PCORI’s Health Systems Implementation Initiative, will be used to support preparation for implementation projects that will advance the adoption of evidence-based practice within healthcare delivery settings. The Duke team, led by Rick Shannon, MD, includes co-investigators Armando Bedoya, MD; Nrupen Bhavsar, PhD; Ben Goldstein, PhD; and Michelle Lyn, MBA, MHA; and is supported by Duke AI Health.

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Duke AI Health and School of Nursing to convene first-ever Duke Symposium on Algorithmic Equity and Fairness in Health

Duke AI Health and the Duke University School of Nursing are proud to announce the inaugural Duke Symposium on Algorithmic Equity and Fairness in Health, scheduled to take place in spring 2024.

The symposium will be spearheaded by Dr. Michael Cary, a distinguished scholar in nursing and the Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair of Nursing at the School of Nursing. Dr. Cary also serves as the Health Equity Scholar for Duke AI and leads the algorithmic equity initiative within Duke AI Health.

“In healthcare, algorithmic bias can lead to disparities in diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and access to care. It can disproportionately affect marginalized and underrepresented groups, exacerbating existing health inequities. As we rely increasingly on clinical algorithms to make decisions that impact people’s lives, we must continue to raise awareness about algorithmic bias in healthcare and work towards building a more equitable healthcare system,” stated Dr. Cary.

This groundbreaking symposium aims to bring together esteemed faculty members and experts from various disciplines to address bias resulting from clinical algorithms. The goal is to develop innovative methods and interventions that promote equity in health and healthcare delivery, particularly for marginalized groups. The event will revolve around the theme “Mitigating Bias and Advancing Health Equity in Clinical Algorithms in Healthcare.”

Algorithmic bias carries significant real-world implications that pervade various domains, including employment, housing, and healthcare. While many emerging methods are being employed to comprehend and mitigate algorithmic bias, critical gaps persist in the development and implementation of such vital approaches to advance health equity research and practice solutions.

Duke AI Health has prioritized algorithmic bias in health as a central focus of its mission to foster ethical and equitable data science. “I am thrilled to support Dr. Cary’s leadership in this essential domain and eagerly anticipate the expertise this event will bring together,” remarked Dr. Michael Pencina, Vice Dean for Data Science and Director of AI Health.

The Duke School of Nursing is deeply committed to mitigating the adverse social determinants of health and eradicating health inequities. ” I commend the efforts of Dr. Cary and the team at Duke AI Health in organizing the first Duke Symposium on Algorithmic Equity and Fairness in Health,” said Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Dean and Bessie Baker Distinguished Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing. “This symposium will provide a valuable platform for experts to come together, share knowledge, and develop innovative solutions to advance health equity research and practice.” He went on to say, “I particularly encourage nurses to actively engage in these discussions and contribute to the ongoing efforts to create fair and unbiased algorithms in clinical settings and throughout the community where healthcare is delivered. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in promoting equity and fairness in healthcare.”

Save the date! The symposium is scheduled to take place in person at the Duke School of Nursing from March 13-14, 2024. Additional details and registration information will be announced in fall 2023. To stay informed about the event, we encourage individuals to sign up for the Duke AI Health mailing list and the Duke School of Nursing mailing list.

Media Contact:
Sarah Riddle; Manager, External Communications, Duke University School of Nursing
Phone: (919) 613-9778
Email: sarah.j.riddle@duke.edu

About Duke University School of Nursing
A diverse community of scholars and clinicians, Duke University School of Nursing is advancing health equity and social justice by preparing nurse leaders and innovators with a commitment to improving health outcomes through transformative excellence in education, clinical practice, and nursing science. Ranked as one of the leading nursing schools in the country, Duke School of Nursing focuses on improving the health of communities locally and globally by educating the nursing leaders of tomorrow and taking tangible steps to end health inequity, like the creation of www.DUSONtrailblazer.com, a set of conceptual and applied web resources for harmful social determinants of health mitigation.

About Duke AI Health
Duke AI Health is a pioneering initiative at Duke University that focuses on the ethical and equitable application of data science in healthcare. The mission of Duke AI Health is to drive innovation, research, and collaboration to advance health equity, improve patient outcomes, and transform healthcare delivery.

 

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New video highlights success of the spring 2023 poster showcase

A new video highlights the experience of the Duke Health Data Science Poster Showcase, held April 24, 2023 at the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Medical Education.

Created by Duke videographer Michael Blair with support from the Duke Center for Computational Thinking, the video features interviews by Matt Engelhard, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and faculty director of the AI Health Data Science Fellowship Program; and Hanxue Gu, a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and a member of the Mazurowski Lab who won the award for Best Computational Thinking Poster.

 

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AI Health Spring 2023 Learning Experiences

By Tiffany Torres

The Spring 2023 semester was comprised of 15 AI Health seminars that attracted 866 attendances, including people who attended multiple sessions.

 The AI Health seminar series builds upon the success of our previous “Plus Data Science” learning experiences from 2017 – 2021 under the leadership of Larry Carin, which convened 59 in-person learning experiences and 66 virtual learning experiences.

Since its launch in 2018, +DS has held a cumulative 140 learning experience sessions (both in-person and virtual).

The Spring 2023 semester featured 32 data experts from across multiple areas of interest.

Duke Departments and Schools Represented:

  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Duke Health Technology Solutions
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Family Medicine and Community Health
  • School of Nursing
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • CTSI
  • Radiology
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Population Health Sciences
  • Geriatrics
  • Office of Evaluation and Applied Research Partnership

We are looking forward to the Fall 2023 learning experiences, which will begin in September. A list of upcoming events can be found at https://aihealth.duke.edu/events/

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Join us for the Health Data Science Poster Showcase on April 24

The Health Data Science poster showcase will be held in person on Monday, April 24 from 12:00-2:00 PM. We’re excited that this cross-disciplinary event will be hosted by multiple organizations, including Duke AI Health, the Laboratory for Transformative Administration, and the Center for Computational Thinking.

The poster display will take place in the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Medical Education (Trent Semans) on the 6th floor and we’ll serve light refreshments.

More than 25 posters will be presented, including Duke participants from: AI Health Fellowship Program; Biomedical Engineering; Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI); Computer Science; Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics; Department of Internal Medicine; Department of Neurosurgery; Department of Surgery; Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine; Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine; Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI); Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE); Duke Health Technology Solutions (DHTS); Laboratory for Transformative Administrative (LTA); Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi); OB-GYN; and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.

Information tables will include programs from across Duke: The + Programs for Students; Duke AI Health; Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD); Center for Computational Thinking; Duke Data Analytics Community; and the Master of Management in Clinical Informatics.

Poster awards will include Best Computational Thinking Poster and the Good DEEDS Award (Ethical and Equitable Data Science).

Please join us! All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

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