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Johns Hopkins Leaders Meet to Harness Precision Medicine

By Lisa Rademakers

Date: 04/28/2017

Johns Hopkins Leaders Meet to Harness Precision Medicine

Illustration of a Rube Goldberg-like machine showing that as data goes in, fresh ideas come out.

Big data offers the potential to transform the practice of medicine. To this end, several data experts met with Johns Hopkins Medicine leaders to focus on how to best tap data at an academic medical center.

“People walked away energized,” says Antony Rosen, vice dean for research in the school of medicine, about the two-day meeting. “Data can help us discover better, educate better and treat better.”

One meeting day covered precision medical care; the other focused on precision medical education. Topics included:

1. How to use data to change health care, presented by guest speaker Eric Horvitz, technical fellow and managing director for Microsoft Research, and Stephanie Reel, chief information officer for The Johns Hopkins University

2. How artificial intelligence and deep learning are informing patient diagnosis and management, presented by Shahram Ebadollahi, vice president for innovations and chief science officer for IBM Watson Health Group; Peter Pronovost, senior vice president for patient safety and quality for Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Johns Hopkins computer science engineer Suchi Saria

3. The importance of using data to define patient subgroups while recognizing biological variation will always exist, presented by guest speaker Robert Califf, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Johns Hopkins biostatistician Scott Zeger; Johns Hopkins systems architect Alan Coltri; and Antony Rosen

4. Data tools that can help prevent unintended variation in clinical care, presented by Earl Steinberg, chief executive officer for xG Health; Redonda Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital; and Peter Greene, chief medical information officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine

5. How education can be reinvented and personalized for graduate and medical students using data, presented by Roy Ziegelstein, vice dean for education; Peter Espenshade, associate dean for graduate biomedical education; Nancy Hueppchen, associate dean for curriculum; and Harry Goldberg, assistant dean, all of the school of medicine

Participants compiled a list of insights and recommendations that are being prioritized for implementation.

"People walked away energized."

- Antony Rosen, vice dean for research