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Penn State National Science Foundation Center for Health Organization Transformation
(Penn State CHOT) - An Industry-University Cooperative Research Center
January 2019
Collaborative Pilot Grant Awarded to Penn State and University of Freiburg Researchers   
Penn State CHOT Researchers Team Up with the University of Freiburg to Explore Machine Learning Models for Human Disease Discovery and Prediction  

The proposed collaboration between researchers from Penn State CHOT and the University of Freiburg initiates an interaction between the U.S. and the European perspective on health care. The project seeks to inspire technical developments and the education of students and future researchers for mutual benefit. This not only includes the adaptation of advanced artificial intelligence approaches to EU and German health data standards under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will also allow the partners on the U.S. side to reach an extended audience for their approaches by obtaining solutions that will be attractive for U.S. settings and satisfy European data protection standards. While the nucleus of the project is defined by technical advancements, the team will integrate different disciplines at the respective sites, e.g., to take into account ethical, philosophical, and societal aspects of machine learning as it pertains to health care and patient privacy.

From a subject matter perspective, the objective of this collaboration is to explore areas within health care where big data and machine learning methods can help to increase the speed, scalability and efficiency of disease detection and wellness planning. The Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics (IMBI) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) at Penn State, have unique, yet complementary expertise in the areas of biostatistics, bioinformatics and machine learning that will enable the researchers from each of these institutions to collaborate in a manner that is mutually beneficial.

The one-year project, which starts on March 1, 2019, will include on site visits by both the Penn State team to Germany, and the German team to Penn State. The Penn State team comprises of Conrad Tucker, Christopher DeFlitch, Mary Frecker, Prasenjit Mitra, and Andrea Sillner. The University of Freiburg team will be led by Harald Binder, and includes Joachim Boldt, Clemens Kreutz, Peter Pfaffelhuber and Jens Timmer.
CHOT Industry Member Information  
Siemens Healthineers aims to enable health care providers to increase value by expanding precision medicine, transforming care delivery, and improving patient experience, all enabled by digitalizing health care.  
An estimated five million patients globally everyday benefit from their innovative technologies and services in the areas of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging, laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine, as well as digital health and enterprise services.

They are a leading medical technology company with over 170 years of experience and 18,000 patents globally. With more than 48,000 dedicated colleagues in over 70 countries, the company continues to innovate and shape the future of health care.
With strong relationship and cooperative research with Siemens, CHOT has advanced knowledge and practice of transformational strategies in evidence-based management, information technology, clinical practice, and organizational learning.    
Upcoming Event
Spring 2019 IAB Meeting
Hosted by Penn State & Siemens Healthineers

Date: Wed., April 3, 2019 and Thurs., April 4, 2019
Location: Penn State Great Valley Campus, Auditorium
30 Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA 19355

More information about the event can be found here.