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MITRE Grand Challenges Power Hour: Modeling Equitable AI in Digital Health

Join Duke AI Health Director Michael Pencina, PhD, as he takes part in discussions with expert panelists convened from government, industry and academia to discuss recent advances in health AI, including structural biological modeling, computer vision algorithms, and ethical frameworks for employing AI in healthcare. This virtual event, “Modeling Equitable AI in Digital Health,” is hosted by MITRE and will take place starting at 4:00 PM EST on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

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Blog: My Cancer on MyChart

DCRI Science and Digital Officer Eric Perakslis, PhD, shares a deeply personal perspective on a recent federal mandate that expands patients’ access to data stored in their EHRs – but also carries its own potential for risks. In his essay, Dr. Perakslis combines the patient and tech expert viewpoints as he surveys the “lumpy, bumpy, imperfect progress” toward better data transparency while undergoing cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Chief AI Health Scientist Ricard Henao Named Associate Professor

Duke AI Health congratulates Chief AI Health Scientist Ricardo Henao, PhD, on his promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Henao is a major presence in health data science at Duke, where his leadership and expertise in machine learning methods and implementation have made him a sought-after collaborator and instructor. “Dr. Henao is a major asset to Duke AI Health and to the larger Duke community,” said Michael Pencina, PhD, director of Duke AI Health and vice dean for data science at the School of Medicine. “We feel fortunate to be able to benefit from such a rare combination of talent and knowledge spanning research, application, and teaching.”

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Duke AI Health Director Michael Pencina Surpasses 100K Citations for Academic Research​

Duke AI Health Director and Vice Dean for Data Science Michael J. Pencina, PhD, has achieved a major academic milestone: according to Google Scholar’s analytics, he has recently passed the 100,000 mark for academic citations of his work. Pencina, who in addition to his leadership role in Duke’s efforts to develop, evaluate, and implement ethical and equitable data science, has also worked extensively on the development and evaluation of risk prediction models and clinical trial designs.

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Request for Comments: Coalition for Health AI’s White Paper on Bias, Equity, and Fairness

As a member of the Coalition for Health AI, Duke AI Health is working to develop a consensus-driven framework to drive high-quality health care through the adoption of credible, fair, and transparent health AI systems. The coalition is convening a series of virtual workgroup sessions to define core principles and has published a white paper from its first meeting: “Bias, Equity, and Fairness.” Please review the paper and submit your feedback by Sept. 15: https://bit.ly/3wbAXQx. With the help of your ideas, the Coalition for Health AI can advance towards establishing clear and appropriate guidelines and guardrails for the fair, ethical, and useful application of AI and machine learning in health care settings.

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Much-Touted Genomic Test Score Shows Minimal Utility in Study Led by AI Health Director Michael Pencina

New research led by Duke AI Health Director Michael Pencina, PhD, published recently in the journal Circulation, looked at the value of using a genomic test to predict the future risk of heart disease. Pencina and colleagues found that the genomic test, referred to as the polygenic risk score (PRS), only marginally added to the predictive information obtained through the assessment of traditional risk factors, concluding that the PRS “had minimal clinical utility”.

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Duke Authors Introduce Framework for Clinical Algorithm Oversight

A group of Duke Health researchers recently shared their insights on approaches to managing the complex issues that are emerging as “algorithmic medicine” increasingly becomes part of clinical care at hospitals and health systems. The authors, who comprise faculty and staff from Duke AI Health, Duke Health Technology Solutions, the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, and other physicians and researchers from Duke University and Duke University Health System, published an account of their approach to evaluating and monitoring the use of algorithmic predictive models at Duke Health hospitals and clinics. The article, titled “A framework for the oversight and local deployment of safe and high-quality prediction models,” was published on May 31 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). It showcases the processes and procedures by which an expert group at Duke Health known as Algorithm-Based Clinical Decision Support (ABCDS) Oversight reviews, approves, and manages predictive models intended for use in patient care settings.

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Duke Health Data Analytics Community Praised for Commitment to Data Democracy

In a recent post at the Tableau blog, the data visualization company praises the Duke Analytics Community (DAC) for the group’s commitment to “taking data democracy to (the) next level.” The post, which is available at the Tableau website, singled out the Duke Cancer Institute’s Claire Howell and Duke University’s Rebecca McDaniel for recognition based on their initiative in helping to create a “department-agnostic space” where users of analytics software across the School of Medicine and Health System could share ideas and improve data access.

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Duke School of Nursing’s Michael Cary Selected as Inaugural AI Health Equity Scholar

Duke AI Health welcomes its first AI Health Equity Scholar, Michael P. Cary, PhD, RN, who is now beginning a yearlong scholarship supported by Duke AI Health and the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute. The AI Health Equity Scholars Program, which provides funding for Duke University faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars to actively collaborate with AI Health leadership, is focused on broadening Duke’s commitment to ethical and equitable data science and artificial intelligence (AI) in health applications.

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