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Using AI to Leverage Healthcare Data to Inform Routine Care

The CARdiovascular DIgital Artificial intelligence Core (CARDIAC) is a platform in development that leverages Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse data to enable the artificial intelligence (AI) research and deployment in healthcare delivery. A group of multidisciplinary Northwestern faculty, data and IT experts, and Northwestern Medicine administrators are contributing to its development. The initial goals are to organize cardiovascular imaging and pathology data and developing the infrastructure to incorporate patient-generated health data and patient-reported outcomes into routine care. This includes combining natural language processing with existing structured data to label diagnostic studies and to better phenotype patients. The initial set of research questions include using computer vision to identify rare cardiovascular diseases and neural networks with diverse, multi-dimensional data to enhance heart failure risk prediction. The data platform will leverage a HIPAA-compliant GPU core that sits on a Feinberg School of Medicine server.

This collaboration spans the Bluhm Cardiovascular Center for AI and Cardiovascular Disease, the Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse, the Feinberg School of Medicine Institute for Augmented Intelligence, the Northwestern Medicine Information Service Research and Development Team, and the McCormick School of Engineering.

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