News | Artificial Intelligence | November 09, 2023

Emory University has announced it will soon launch a new AI-focused initiative to unite the power of machine learning and big data, and to transform the ways in which health care systems prevent, diagnose, treat and cure diseases on a global scale. The Emory Empathetic AI for Health Institute will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) and computing power to discern patterns in vast amounts of data and make predictions that improve patient health outcomes in a range of diseases.

The Emory Empathetic AI for Health Institute will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) and computing power to discern patterns in vast amounts of data and make predictions that improve patient health outcomes in a range of diseases.

Faculty associated with Emory AI.Health are working to improve the detection, diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of treatment for more than two dozen conditions, including multiple types of cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease. Pictured here are AI.Health faculty (left to right): Anant Madabhushi, Judy Gichoya, Marly van Assen and Gari Clifford. Image courtesy: Emory University (Atlanta, GA).


November 10, 2023 — Emory University has announced that it will be launching a new AI-focused initiative which it expects will unite the power of machine learning and big data, to transform the ways in which health care systems prevent, diagnose, treat and cure diseases on a global scale. An update published Nov. 7 by the online Emory News Center offered details on the program and its potential, which is summarized here.

The Emory Empathetic AI for Health Institute will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) and computing power to discern patterns in vast amounts of data and make predictions that improve patient health outcomes in a range of diseases.

Launching this month (November, 2023) under the umbrella of Emory’s AI.Humanity initiative, the Emory Empathetic AI for Health Institute will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) and computing power to discern patterns in vast amounts of data and make predictions that improve patient health outcomes in diseases such as lung, prostate and breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more. The  university update also noted that while AI is already being deployed to improve diagnoses and treatment for numerous health conditions, the resounding impact AI can have on health care is just beginning.

The report notes that as Georgia’s first institute of its kind, Emory AI.Health will foster the development of accessible, cost-effective and equitable AI tools by developing an ecosystem of multidisciplinary experts from Emory, the Atlanta VA Medical Center, the Georgia Institute of Technology and others, and seeking public-private partnerships to propel new research forward. It will then serve as an engine to deploy those tools to the patient’s bedside, initially within Emory Healthcare and ultimately across the globe.

“AI will transform society and at Emory, we want to use these powerful technologies to save and improve lives,” says Emory President Gregory L. Fenves. “We see the power AI has to facilitate healing while improving equitable access to health care. Dr. Madabhushi is a trailblazer in health-focused AI and the ideal person to lead the Empathetic AI for Health Institute,” added Fenves.

Emory AI.Health will be led by Anant Madabhushi, PhD, a Robert W. Woodruff professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory and Georgia Institute of Technology, a member of the Cancer Immunology research program at Winship Cancer Institute and a research career scientist with the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Emory University has also announced that it will be hosting a 2-day Emory AI Health Symposium on Nov. 14 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and Nov. 15 (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) at the Health Sciences Research Building I (HSRB I) Auditorium on its Atlanta, GA campus. Those interested are encouraged to join leading experts in artificial intelligence and medicine to explore how AI and machine learning can revolutionize health care. The event, noted planners, will facilitate collaboration between AI researchers, clinicians, and industry while delving into the latest advancements, challenges, and opportunities in harnessing AI for medical applications.

More information: www.emory.edu


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