IBM, Georgia Tech Kick Off Project To Model Children's Health Data

On Thursday, IBM and the Georgia Institute of Technology announced the launch of the One Million Healthy Children project, which will use advanced data analytics and systems modeling to integrate data that affect children's health, Healthcare IT News reports (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 10/27).

Other organizations participating in the project include:

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta;
  • Emory University;
  • The Georgia Cancer Coalition; and
  • The Georgia Department of Community Health.

For the project, the partner organizations will provide de-identified structured and unstructured data from electronic health records, physician notes and medical imaging for IBM to analyze and model (Kolbasuk McGee, InformationWeek, 10/27).

In the first phase of the project, researchers will analyze health data on more than 16,000 children with asthma, autism and diabetes (Healthcare IT News, 10/27).

IBM will use the data analysis and modeling techniques to determine how education, socioeconomic status, transportation and other variables affect children's health.

In addition, the project will model factors that influence health care decisions to identify policies and practices that could shift pediatric care from focusing on disease treatment to emphasizing prevention and long-term wellness (InformationWeek, 10/27).

Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson
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