AI Health Seminar Series Success from 2022

The fall 2022 semester was comprised of 9 AI Health seminars that attracted 463 attendances, including people who attended multiple sessions. Across all of 2022, the AI Health seminar series has hosted 22 virtual seminars with 1,820 cumulative attendances. 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 125 learning experience sessions (both in-person and virtual). – Metrics by Tiffany Torres

Algorithms to Assess Stroke Risk are Markedly Worse for Black Americans

Current medical standards for accessing stroke risk perform worse for Black Americans than they do for white Americans, potentially creating a self-perpetuating driver of health inequities. A study, led by Duke Health researchers and appearing online Jan. 24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, evaluated various existing algorithms and two methods of artificial intelligence assessment that are aimed at predicting a person’s risk of stroke within the next 10 years. The study found that all algorithms were worse at stratifying the risk for people who are Black than people who are white, regardless of the person’s gender. The implications are at the individual and population levels: people at high risk of stroke might not receive treatment, and those at low or no risk are unnecessarily treated.


Screencapture from the video showing pathology images

Highlight Video from Fall Digital Pathology Workshop

Last fall AI Health held an in-person workshop designed to give hands-on experience in working with medical digital pathology images using machine learning. See highlights from the afternoon in a video created by our partners in the Center for Computational Thinking. The concept of “do machine learning in just one afternoon!” was very successful, and we appreciate the participation from all those who attended. We are currently working to design more such studios, and please join our mailing list if you’d like to be notified for upcoming events.


AI Health Seminar: ABCDS Oversight – A framework for the governance and evaluation of algorithms to be deployed at Duke Health

Save the date: February 14, 2023, 12:00 PM EST: Duke AI Health’s Nicoleta Economou, PhD, joins Duke DHTS’s Armando D. Bedoya MD MMCi, to present: ‘Algorithm-Based Clinical Decision Support (ABCDS) Oversight: A framework for the governance and evaluation of algorithms to be deployed at Duke Health.’ During the webinar, which is open to members internal and external to Duke, Drs. Economou and Bedoya will discuss highlights from their recent paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).


Article: Building Better Guardrails for Algorithmic Medicine

Recent years have seen growing interest in the use of artificial intelligence tools for healthcare applications, including diagnosis, risk prediction, clinical decision support, and resource management. Capable of finding hidden patterns within the enormous amounts of data that reside in patient electronic health records (EHRs) and administrative databases, these algorithmic tools are diffusing across the world of patient care. Often, health AI applications are accompanied by assurances of their potential for making medical practice better, safer, and fairer. The reality, however, has turned out to be more complex.


December Poster Showcase Highlights Research of 16 Students and Fellows

Duke AI Health’s HDS research and education hub held a successful Poster Showcase on December 6, 2022, featuring the work of 16 students and fellows. Hosted by Ricardo Henao, PhD, and Shelley Rusincovitch, MMCi, the presenters included members of the HDS fall 2022 student cohort, fellows in the AI Health Data Science Fellowship program, as well as members of AI Health’s Spark Imaging Initiative and Duke Biostatistics & Bioinformatics’s BCTIP program.


Electronic flyer with abstract blue and white vector graphic advertising the Duke AI Health Electronic Health Records Study Design Workshop, December 5-9, 2022. Web page contains a full description of course offering, registration information, and instructors. Registration open to all (QR code included on flyer).

Creating a Successful Electronic Health Record (EHR) Study Design Workshop

Congratulations to AI Health Faculty Council member Ben Goldstein, PhD, and Duke Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative Director Jillian Hurst, PhD, for their success in leading the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Study Design Workshop from December 5-9, 2022. The course was offered as a virtual 5-day class providing foundational lectures and hands-on studios on the fundamentals of working with, and designing EHR-based studies. The inaugural workshop generated a great deal of enthusiasm and every seat in the course was filled within 6 weeks of course announcement.


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.


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.


Duke AI Health Hosts December EHR Study Design Workshop

Duke AI Health is pleased to announce the Duke Electronic Health Records Study Design Workshop (EHR-SDW) 2022. The workshop will be offered in December as a virtual five-day class that provides foundational lectures and hands-on studios on the fundamentals of working with and designing EHR based studies. The EHR-SDW is targeted toward individuals interested in learning about how to work with and conduct studies using electronic health records (EHR) data. EHR data are a widely available form of real-world data that have become standard in studies ranging from clinical trials, comparative effectiveness, risk prediction, and population health. This workshop is offered through Duke AI Health’s Health Data Science (HDS) program and builds on the success of our highly successful Machine Learning Schools, with 11 events held since 2017.