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.