Emory University launches Emory Empathetic AI for Health Institute

Nov. 8, 2023
The institute will be the first of its kind in Georgia and aims to improve patient health outcomes

According to a Nov. 7 press release, Atlanta-based Emory University is launching the Emory Empathetic AI for Health Institute under its umbrella of Emory’s AI.Humanity initiative. The institute will use artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize patterns in sizable amounts of data and make predictions that improve patient health outcomes in diseases like lung, prostate, and breast cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. 

The press release states that “As Georgia’s first institute of its kind, Emory AI.Health will foster the development of accessible, cost-effective and equitable AI tools by developing an ecosystem of multidisciplinary experts from Emory, the Atlanta VA Medical Center, the Georgia Institute of Technology and others, and seeking public-private partnerships to propel new research forward. It will then serve as an engine to deploy those tools to the patient’s bedside, initially within Emory Healthcare and ultimately across the globe.”

Emory AI.Health will be led by Anant Madabhushi, PhD, a Robert W. Woodruff professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory and Georgia Institute of Technology, a member of the Cancer Immunology research program at Winship Cancer Institute and a research career scientist with the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Emory University’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs was quoted in the release saying that, “Emory AI.Health brings together a dream team of researchers and clinicians who are deploying AI innovations to improve care not only for individuals, but entire populations. By combining state-of-the-art approaches to precisely treat each person’s unique disease with a broad focus on enhanced efficacy, affordability and access, AI.Health will advance Emory’s mission of serving humanity both in Georgia and worldwide. This institute embodies our commitment to providing high quality health care, conducting research that finds new cures, and being at the leading edge of deploying powerful tools like artificial intelligence in the service of that mission.”

Emory University has the press release.