DIGITAL HEALTHCARE

OCHIN Joins NIH Funded AI/ML Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity

Ochin, Inc | October 08, 2021

OCHIN, a national nonprofit learning network for health equity research and innovation, has been selected to lead the data and research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) AIM-AHEAD program, a new artificial intelligence and machine learning consortium to advance health equity and researcher diversity.

 

Under the overall leadership of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the $50 million NIH initiative brings together experts in community engagement, artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), health equity research, data science training, and data infrastructure to close two significant gaps in the AI/ML field: a lack of diversity in its researchers and lack of diversity in data used to train AI/ML models for industry use. Left unaddressed, these gaps threaten to exacerbate bias, racism, and inequity in the health care system, widening national health disparities.

 

"We're proud to support this important NIH initiative because we believe that technology can, and should, drive equitable health care innovation. AI and machine learning are powerful tools to reduce clinical burden and optimize health care delivery, but their development must include the experiences and aspirations of underrepresented communities if we hope to design a health care system that effectively serves everyone."

Abby Sears, CEO of OCHIN

 

OCHIN provides affordable electronic health record (EHR) and integrated clinical support services to nearly 1,000 community health care sites that deliver high-quality care to millions of underinsured and systemically underserved patients nationwide. As the consortium's Data & Research Core, OCHIN will leverage its 21 years of expertise in health equity research and clinical quality improvement across a national network of community-based providers to advance the goals of the AIM-AHEAD program, in partnership with leading experts from diverse academic institutions across the country.

 

OCHIN has partnered with Morehouse School of Medicine; University of California, Irvine's Program in Public Health; Duke Institute for Health Innovation; North Carolina Central University, and others to develop a data and research plan focused on monitoring for bias and health inequities throughout the full process of developing AI/ML applications. OCHIN will also leverage the existing partnerships, data, research, and engagement infrastructure of the ADVANCE Clinical Research Network (ADVANCE), which it leads with funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), to support AIM-AHEAD. ADVANCE brings to the consortium a large, standardized dataset representing over 7 million people to better reflect the nation's diverse health care needs, including social determinants of health.

 

"Through the power of these partnerships, OCHIN aims to diversify the data used in building new AI/ML models to advance health disparities research and diversify the community of researchers equipped to use these advanced analytics capabilities."

Jon Puro, M.P.A, AIM-AHEAD Data and Research Core Lead for OCHIN

 

The full list of AIM-AHEAD Research and Data Core leaders includes:

  • Principal Investigator: Jon Puro, M.P.A., (OCHIN)
  • Multiple Principal Investigator: Anisha Abdul-Ali, D.N.P., M.P.H., B.S.N., R.N. (OCHIN)
  • Multiple Principal Investigator: Bernadette M. Boden-Albala, M.P.H., Dr.P.H. (University of California, Irvine's Program in Public Health)
  • Multiple Principal Investigator: Dominic H. Mack, M.D., M.B.A. (Morehouse School of Medicine)
  • Multiple Principal Investigator: Mark Sendak, M.D., M.P.P. (Duke Institute for Health Innovation)
  • Site Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator: Deepak Kumar, Ph.D. (North Carolina Central University)

 

About OCHIN
OCHIN is a driving force for health equity. A national nonprofit health IT organization with two decades of experience transforming health care delivery, OCHIN provides leading-edge technology, data analytics, research, and support services to nearly 1,000 community health care sites, reaching nearly 6 million patients. We partner, learn, innovate, and advocate to close gaps in health care that are systemic, avoidable, and unjust, so everyone has a fair opportunity to achieve their full health potential. 

 

ADVANCE Clinical Research Network
ADVANCE is a multicenter research network led by OCHIN in partnership with Fenway Health, Health Choice Network, and Oregon Health & Science University. As the nation's most comprehensive set of health data from community-based health centers, ADVANCE integrates outpatient health record data and community-level data representing over 7 million people seen in 172 community-based health systems across 31 states. ADVANCE is funded through the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 

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Nemaura Medical Launches Metabolic Health Program for Employers and Insurers

Nemaura Medical, Inc | January 14, 2022

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Being aware of one’s metabolic health and how the body uniquely regulates sugar is key to one’s health. Patients, of course, want to be as informed as possible about their health, and employers and insurers are also aligned with patients in that regard, given the massive productivity losses and healthcare costs at stake on a larger scale across their employee and insured base, respectively. Miboko can help address this substantial market opportunity through our non-invasive, revolutionary approach to healthcare.” Nemaura CEO Dr. Faz Chowdhury Nemaura has also submitted a Premarket Approval (PMA) to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of its glucose monitoring device as a Class 3 medical device. The Company’s PMA was the subject an on-site FDA bioresearch monitoring (BIMO) audit that generated a single Form 483 observation, for which the Company has committed to a full response this quarter. A follow-up BIMO audit of the clinical investigator site has also been scheduled for the current financial quarter. Miboko has been in development for nearly two years and addresses a significant mass market opportunity that the Company believes could benefit roughly a third to half of the population by using a non-invasive glucose sensor to measure and monitor a user’s metabolic health score, which is based on glucose tolerance or insulin resistance. Those with prediabetes or obesity concerns -- or even those looking to maintain better health through more careful glucose control -- may benefit from such a metabolic health program. How one’s body metabolizes sugar is the main influencer of one’s appetite, weight, sleep quality, and energy and mood levels and even plays a critical factor in chronic diseases (beyond just diabetes), such as heart disease and dementia. At the heart of the Miboko offering is Nemaura’s non-invasive glucose sensor that is designed to measure insulin resistance, reported as a metabolic health score, and priced to be highly affordable with the program running for an initial two-year period. The program also uses a mobile app to provide users with personalized information by tracking their metabolism. A user can find out how well their body responds to sugar through their metabolic health score — and how what they eat and what they do every day uniquely affects their metabolic health. Along with the capability to follow metabolic health progress on the app, Miboko users receive weekly and monthly reports that show and explain their body’s unique metabolic health score and a breakdown of how each of their habits are impacting their overall health and wellbeing. Suggestions for small, manageable changes to daily routines, such as eating more or less of a certain kind of food or exercising at a different time of day to coincide with peak energy levels, provide Miboko users with personalized, usable data. About Nemaura Medical, Inc. Nemaura Medical Inc. is a medical technology company developing and commercializing non-invasive wearable diagnostic devices. The company is currently commercializing sugarBEAT® and proBEAT™. sugarBEAT®, a CE mark approved Class IIb medical device, is a non-invasive and flexible continuous glucose monitor (CGM) providing actionable insights derived from real time glucose measurements and daily glucose trend data, which may help people with diabetes and pre-diabetes to better manage, reverse, and prevent the onset of diabetes. Nemaura has submitted a PMA (Premarket Approval Application) for sugarBEAT® to the U.S. FDA. proBEAT™ combines non-invasive glucose data processed using artificial intelligence and a digital healthcare subscription service and has been launched in the U.S. as a general wellness product as part of its BEAT®diabetes program that is currently undergoing pilot studies. Additionally, Nemaura has launched Miboko, a new metabolic health and well-being program using a non-invasive glucose sensor along with an AI mobile application that helps a user understand how certain foods and lifestyle habits can impact one’s overall metabolic health and well-being. Nemaura believes that up to half the population could benefit from a sensor and program that monitors metabolic health and well-being. 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Ivenix to be Acquired by Fresenius Kabi

Ivenix | April 01, 2022

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Sandbox AQ | March 24, 2022

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