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Northwestern: Launches New Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has established a new Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine (I.AIM), with the goal of augmenting human expertise with computational methods to advance the science of human health. The new institute builds on the work of numerous faculty across Northwestern and unifies programs in artificial intelligence in medicine, genetic analysis, deep phenotyping, ethics and data science.

“Our work is grounded by the recognition that medical care is delivered by people, for people, and that technology alone will not solve our most pressing problems,” said Dr. Abel Kho, director of the new institute. “Housing an institute in AI within a medical school means we are solely and uniquely focused on applying AI to improve and transform human health. We are guided by our ‘patients first’ mission and anchored by a commitment to responsible, ethical and open science.”

With Dr. Kho, an associate professor of Medicine, at the helm, the new institute will bring together research, education and sustainable innovation, offering opportunities for faculty, students and trainees, as well as collaborations with other Northwestern schools including the McCormick School of Engineering, Kellogg School of Management and Pritzker Law School.

A focus on getting the data right and spending time to ensure data quality and privacy is critical, Dr. Kho said, and will help to ensure the widest range of Northwestern investigators can tap into consistent, high quality and secure data, and can have access to the most advanced analytics tools and computing capacity.

Dr. Kho is also director of the Center for Health Information Partnerships within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University.

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