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Penn State National Science Foundation Center for Health Organization Transformation
(Penn State CHOT) - An Industry-University Cooperative Research Center
October 2018
2018 Fall IAB Meeting Highlights 
The Penn State CHOT Team
From left to right: David Lacks (The Lacks family), Jeri Lacks (The Lacks family), Christ DeFlitch (Hershey Medical Center), Farhad Imani (Penn State), Rajeev Bhatt (Penn State), Hui Yang (Penn State), Neal Thomas (Hershey Medical Center), Prasenjit Mitra (Penn State), Conrad Tucker (Penn State), Andrea Yevchak (Penn State), Sakthi Prakash (Penn State), Chonghan Lee (Penn State), Dillon Madrigal (Penn State), Fariha Azhar (Penn State), Jerome Jourquin (Susan G. Komen), Jamie Gigliotti (Highmark), Terry Talbot (Siemens), Thomas Giannantonio (Siemens), David Morrell (Hershey Medical Center). Missing from photo: Mallory Peterson (Hershey Medical Center).

Georgia Institute of Technology hosted the 2018 Fall Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting on October 11 and 12. There were more than 100 IAB members, potential IAB members, faculty, graduate/undergraduate students, and guests present. Penn State CHOT had 20 attendees comprising of industry members, guests, and researchers. Special guests such as NSF I/UCRC program founder Alexander Schwarzkopf, the current NSF program director Prakash Balan, a former CHOT contributing founder Craig Blakely, and the grandchildren of Henrietta Lacks joined the meeting to celebrate CHOT's 10 year anniversary. In between celebrations, the IAB members, guests and researchers identified the following research themes for the 2018-2019 research cycle:
  • Population Health
  • Access to Care
  • Care Coordination
  • Analytics and Innovation
  • Patient Experience
Penn State Ph.D. student Sakthi Arul Prakash was invited to present his project titled, "From pixels to biomarkers: how computer vision and machine learning are transforming health care." The ability to capture patients' biometrics using computer vision algorithms was highlighted in the presentation. This project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to scale up and provide transformative health care service both in developed and developing countries.

Researchers from other CHOT university sites presented on topics including personalized health care, population health, and hospitalizations analysis. IAB members provided feedback and voted on projects of interest. Penn State CHOT had guests from three organizations present: Jerome Jourquin and Stephanie Reffey from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Terry Talbot and Thomas Giannantonio from Siemens, Jamie Gigliotti from Highmark, and Neal Thomas from Penn State Health.
The Lacks Family
From left to right: David Lacks, Christ DeFlitch, Jeri Lacks, and Conrad Tucker.
Jeri Lacks, granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks, and her brother, David Lacks, joined the IAB meeting. Henrietta Lacks was a woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. An immortalized cell line will reproduce indefinitely under specific conditions, and the HeLa cell line continues to be a source of invaluable medical data to the present day. The cells were used to help develop a polio vaccine and now today, the cells are used for cancer, AIDS, toxic substances, gene mapping and the effects of radiation research and theories about the cause and treatment of diseases.
The Lacks family is focusing on positive aspects of Henrietta's scientific contribution to the world. They continue to raise awareness and encourage action to problems the world is facing such as poverty, unemployment, racism, ethical issues, education, communication, and tissue ownership. More information about the legacy of Henrietta Lacks can be found here
Best Student Poster Award - Rajeeve Bhatt
Bhatt, a Penn State CHOT scholar, won the best student poster award at the IAB meeting.  He is working on developing an intelligent medical assistant (iMed24x7) for a doctor to help reduce medication errors. It is observed that 42 percent of these medication errors are caused due to prescription from limited knowledge of a patient's medical history. This can be tackled by applying modern deep learning techniques on Electronic Health Record (EHR) data to extract useful insights that may improve patient experience upon a doctor's visit. The functionality of iMed24x7 would be two-fold: one, present a concise summary of a patient's medical history and two, engage in a dialog with a doctor to answer quick queries.
Upcoming Event
Spring 2018 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.