MPower Universities and Partners Announce New Institute for Health Informatics

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State (MPower) yesterday announced plans to create the University of Maryland 3-Institute for Health Computing, led by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), in conjunction with the University of Maryland Medical System and Montgomery County, Md.

The new institute, located in North Bethesda, will leverage advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and computing to create a leading learning healthcare system that assesses anonymized and digitized medical health data. to diagnose, prevent and treat disease in patients around the world. State. This is MPower’s latest initiative, which brings together the complementary strengths of both universities to strengthen Maryland’s innovation economy, advance interdisciplinary research, create opportunities for students, and solve important problems.

“We are witnessing an unprecedented revolution in healthcare that is driven by biomedical innovation, digitization of medical records and advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence,” said the president of the UMB, Bruce E. Jarrell, MD. “This new institute will include all of these elements in a synergistic effect that will transform our healthcare system.

“The scaling up of research to address grand challenges in the life sciences has shifted from collecting data to using cutting-edge technology to uncover meaningful patterns hidden in data,” said Darryll J. Pines, president of the UMCP. “This institute will bring in world-class researchers who explore artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality to collaborate with medical experts, which will have broad impacts on human health and well-being. .”

Healthcare leaders say efficiency in the field can be greatly improved by digitizing medical records.

“Part of our core mission as healthcare leaders is to engage in pioneering research to develop the cures of tomorrow while caring for patients every day in our system,” said Mohan Suntha, President and Chief Medical System Officer, University of Maryland, MD “Anonymized data from 1.8 million patients within our system along with clinical research data from UMB will provide the backbone of analyzes clinical advances that could ultimately lead to faster diagnoses, improvements in the way therapies are used, and a range of other improved outcomes for our patients, as well as patients around the world.

The new institute will integrate technologies, including the use of machine learning algorithms, to study emerging diseases and help establish precision patient care to halt disease progression. For example, poorly controlled diabetes, high blood pressure, risk of opioid overdose, and early kidney disease can be identified by trend changes in laboratory tests in outpatients, allowing targeted interventions to prevent disease progression. Such efforts will yield better diagnoses and treatments tailored to an individual’s unique health needs.

“The integration of big data with artificial intelligence and immersive technologies in healthcare is fundamentally changing the way we treat patients, allowing us to dramatically improve and personalize care for each individual,” said Mark T. Gladwin, MD, Vice Chairman of the Medical Department. Business at UMB and Professor Emeritus John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Our vision is for this to become the Silicon Valley of the East Coast for health informatics. The goals of this new institute align well with the University of Maryland Medical School’s new strategic vision to utilize disruptive technology and embrace and harness the power of clinical analytics and precision medicine to improve patient care and provide health services to the population.

How quickly the United States discovered a vaccine for COVID-19 depended on AI to accelerate progress in the underlying laboratory research. North Bethesda’s proximity to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the Center Naval Medical Research Centers provide a prime location for this urgently needed new cutting -edge research.

The institute will catalyze the clinical data science ecosystem at North Bethesda that attracts FDA and NIH investigators, UMB and UMCP faculty, educational programs and medical bioinformatics students, and industry partners, enabling the expansion of “dry” computer labs, virtual meeting rooms and classrooms.

New immersive wireless and 5G technologies will further increase the availability and capacity of telehealth functions, especially in rural communities. Virtual and augmented reality over 5G networks will expand the diagnostic capabilities of clinicians.

“Virtual reality is already transforming medical education and training by enabling medical students and professionals to practice complex clinical encounters and operations in virtual environments that are risk-free, cost-effective and realistic,” said Amitabh Varshney, Dean of College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at UMCP. “By leveraging these emerging technologies, the institute will serve as a test bed for rescue training modules before they are rolled out globally.”

The institute is expected to open in leased space in early 2023, with labs and offices completed at the North Bethesda Metro site in 2028. Initial funding of $25 million is provided by MPower. The Montgomery County government will provide an additional $40 million to develop the site.

Sherry J. Basler