Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have recently announced the launch of an Artificial Intelligence Research Center for Health (AI4 Health) to enable the use of AI and big data to improve healthcare.
Michael Pazzani, Ph.D., Director of the AI4Health and principal scientist at Information Sciences Institute (ISI), USC, mentioned that ISI has already been using AI for health research. One of the objectives of AI4Health is to make it easier for medical researchers to find people with AI expertise.
AI4Health will hold many events in partnership with the Keck School of medicine, USC, to strengthen the connection between AI and medicine. AI4Health research also focuses on increasing the amount of health data available for analysis. The health data will be helpful in multiple research areas, such as data management, knowledge discovery, precision health, machine learning for health, data analytics, and more.
AI4Health’s data analytics and knowledge discovery work will help researchers analyze EHRs (Electronic Health Records), medical images, and other health data to detect patterns that may lead to breakthroughs. One of AI4Health’s projects is to leverage cell phone mobility and health data to link food environment and diet-related diseases.