“We have a significant opportunity to leverage new technologies to bring life-saving therapies, new medicines and clinical trials to all patients in Maryland, whether in West Baltimore or on the East Coast,” said the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) dean. Mark T. Gladwin, MDtold members of the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on Jan. 24 in Annapolis.
Gladwin, who serves as vice chancellor for medical affairs and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMB), joins other senior officials from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) explains the promise of the new University of Maryland Institute for Healthcare Computing (UM-IHC).
“For example, we are now launching projects that use data science to identify newly pregnant women with high blood pressure who are at high risk for preeclampsia and maternal and infant mortality,” Gladwin added. We can identify patients across the state who are not currently screened for lung cancer and ensure they are provided with e-consultation and patient navigation when they are screened.”
Launching in November 2022, UM-IHC aims to leverage the latest advances in networked medicine, artificial intelligence and machine learning to create a best-in-class learning healthcare system that evaluates de-identified and secure digital healthcare data to improve the world Patient Outcomes Maryland. UM-IHC is expected to energize life science research, including applied artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, immersive visualization, real-world evidence and adaptive clinical trials, population health and therapeutic drug discovery. While advancing technology, our goal is to provide adequate support for Maryland’s technology economy.
Although UM-IHC’s physical offices are located in Montgomery County, a booming county home to more than 300 biotech companies, the institute benefits from UMB’s medical expertise, UMCP’s advanced computing capabilities, and UMMS’ extensive medical records. Supporting, these records provide more than 25% of the care provided by Maryland hospitals to more than 2 million patients.
The University of Maryland Healthcare Computing Institute aims to improve the health of Maryland citizens. This is possible because you will work in computing at University College Park, healthcare at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland Health System and with Montgomery County Hearing deep expertise in the field of collaborative healthcare electronic medical records.” President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACSexplain.
Jarrell’s counterpart, UMCP President Darryll Pines, Ph.D., MS, told the committee that the bill before them (Senate Bill 376) would provide critical support for IHCs and help Maryland become a “pioneering national leader” in helping create the next generation of health care model.
“Last summer, Gov. Wes Moore told the Maryland Association of Counties that the state needs to prioritize our spending to strengthen our economic engine not just now but for the future of all Marylanders, leaving no Marylander behind .”He said. “So, with your support, this legislation and investment in IHC will position Maryland not only as a supercluster of high-tech innovation and economic impact, but also as a foundation for a new, healthier future for every citizen. Maryland, maybe even the entire country.”
So far, Montgomery County has committed $40 million over five years to the project, and UMB and UMCP have committed $30 million through a 12-year partnership through the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: Powering the country (megapower). Last year, Maryland’s congressional delegation provided $3 million for the initial equipment costs. UMMS contributes millions of dollars worth of electronic health record databases. Provisions of the bill being considered by the Maryland General Assembly would provide an additional $1.5 million through MPower in fiscal year 2025, increasing to $6 million annually beginning in fiscal year 2029.
Gladwin explained that in addition to making groundbreaking advances in health care, UM-IHC is expected to help address health inequities in Maryland. “We are facing a disruptive revolution in artificial intelligence that is changing the practice of medicine overnight. The main risk of this revolution is using data from a homogenous patient population to create algorithms for all groups. These new initiatives do not necessarily represent different populations, and can introduce significant bias or even fabrication into health care models. We in Maryland have a significant opportunity and responsibility to ensure that these new systems are free from bias and serve all of our patients regardless of color or socioeconomic What’s the status?”
UMMS President and CEO Mohan Shanta, MD, MBA” Added, “When you think about where we are as a health system, our footprint spans from academic health care in urban settings like Baltimore City to health care transformation in Prince George’s County. We are a rural health care provider in the Midcoast region, providing health care services in Harford, Charles, and Anne Arundel counties. That’s important to this conversation because when you think about the unique 2 million patients that we serve across the health care system, the data from this experience provides a unique asset to the conversation and to developing and learning the idea that the health system will Tell us how we think about the future of health care, not just for Maryland, but really for the entire country. “