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30 Teams Join SBMI and Cerner in DII National Data Science Challenge

Hosted by UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, Sponsored by Cerner Corporation, and Powered by AWS

Hosted by UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, Sponsored by Cerner Corporation, and Powered by AWS

HOUSTON, Texas, August 19, 2019 – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical informatics (SBMI) and Cerner Corporation, a global platform and innovation company, have joined forces to create the DII National Data Science Challenge (DII Challenge). This new machine-learning competition gives students, faculty, and industry leaders access to de-identified data in order to help solve from some of health care’s biggest challenges. Thirty teams—representing MIT, Duke University, Emory University, and UT Austin, among other institutions—are participating in the 2019 DII Challenge.

Combining artificial intelligence and machine-learning with information provided from electronic health records (EHR), revenue claims, social determinants of health, and other devices can work to improve patient safety and quality of care. Leveraging Cerner Health Facts® and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud support, this year’s challenge will focus on predictive accuracy for sepsis onset and mortality. On Aug. 7, training data will be released to participating teams; test data will be available on Sept. 5th; and solutions will be due on Sept. 12.

SBMI Dean, Jiajie Zhang, expressed excitement over the school’s inaugural effort: “SBMI’s mission and vision are centered around Transforming Data to Power Human Health™ and, for years, it has been my dream for the school to help generate innovations in health care through a national data science competition. Having found an ideal partner in Cerner Corporation, this dream has become a reality—and we hope our competition will serve as an inspiration for everyone in the burgeoning field of data science for whom health care is a passion.”

“For forty years, Cerner has been collecting digitized health data that can now be used to make significant advances in our ability to deliver care and manage health,” said John Glaser, executive advisor, Population Health, Cerner. “Using advanced analytics to gain insights from diverse health care data will prove to be one of those advances. Cerner is deeply committed to furthering innovation in applying data science to the challenges and opportunities facing health care.”

Earlier this year, the DII Challenge opened to US-based data science teams affiliated with academic medical centers and industry. Registration for this inaugural event is now closed. Presentations will be given on October 18 as part of the Glaser Society Proceedings, an annual health information technology celebration. This year the Glaser Innovator Award will be presented to Grahame Grieve, who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of health informatics. A DII Challenge advisor, Grieve has most notably served as one of the architect developers of HL7’s FHIR, which enables EHRs to exchange information across systems.

For more information on the Glaser Society, go to: To learn more about Grahame Grieve, go to: Grahame Grieve Named 2019 Glaser Award Recipient.

For more information on the DII Challenge, go to:

About UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Established in 1972, UTHealth is a comprehensive health science university that is home to six schools located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is at the vanguard of the informatics health care revolution in the United States. From its inception in 1997, SBMI has grown into the largest biomedical informatics academic program in the world and the only free-standing school of its kind in America. Currently, it features 52 regular faculty, more than 50 adjunct faculty, and 300+ graduate students. Because of its exceptional faculty, SBMI leads in research dollars and high-impact journal publications. Moreover, SBMI’s alumni, adjunct faculty, and advisory council are comprised of well-respected, highly placed academic and industry partners. ( Transforming Data to Power Human Health™.

About Cerner Corporation

Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,500 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial systems to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit, The Cerner Blog, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.

published on 08/19/2019 at 12:57 p.m.

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