Medicom Technologies is partnering with the Open Source Imaging Consortium (OSIC) to lengthen entry to anonymized scientific data — key for the detection and analysis of uncommon illnesses, comparable to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and different interstitial lung illnesses (ILDs).
Both organizations acknowledge the significance of information in increase and advancing affected person care, particularly within the accuracy of diagnostics primarily based on imaging, illness prognosis, and response to remedy.
Thus, Medicom developed deepMed, a system that helps OSIC and a number of other different life science organizations supply scientific information for analysis, machine studying, and synthetic intelligence (AI) purposes.
“Medicom’s partnership with OSIC has superior our shared aim: enhance entry to imaging information wanted within the battle towards uncommon illnesses,” Michael Rosenberg, Medicom’s CEO and co-founder, mentioned in a press launch.
OSIC has sourced photographs and scientific information to assist advance battle towards IPF
Throughout the years, the healthcare business has averted information sharing due to sophisticated causes, together with issues with compliance, non-public information safety, and organizational politics.
“We have to clear up the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis downside first, and I don’t need to lose sight of that,” mentioned Elizabeth Estes, OSIC’s government director. “But I feel we do have a societal obligation to repair this ecosystem that has allowed this to go on for so lengthy.”
As such, OSIC’s intention is to advocate and affect a cultural shift in healthcare, which can convey higher understanding and attainable cures to illnesses which have affected 1000’s of lives throughout the U.S.
As a nonprofit cooperative between academia, business, and affected person advocacy teams, the consortium was fashioned to allow fast, open-source advances in figuring out and diagnosing IPF and ILDs utilizing digital imaging and machine studying.
This mission motivated the creation of the OSIC Data Repository, launched in 2021, the world’s largest and most numerous ILD repository. It is dedicated to storing greater than 16,000 anonymized high-resolution CT scans with associated scientific information, each multi-ethnic and multi-center.
Medicom, the creator of the primary Federated Health Information Network, continues to assist OSIC add anonymized, complete data to this dataset.
The firm permits suppliers, sufferers, and analysis organizations to search for and share scientific information. It strives to assist clinicians and researchers to advance affected person care and help the event of latest therapies by way of information and insights from its community.
“Building context wealthy imaging datasets presents a number of technical challenges; on the identical time, entry to this sort of information is growing in significance, as researchers start to depend on imaging biomarkers,” Rosenberg mentioned.
Medicom’s partnership with OSIC has superior our shared aim: enhance entry to imaging information wanted within the battle towards uncommon illnesses
Providers, sufferers, and analysis organizations can search and share scientific information
Medicom deepMed was designed and primarily based on the constructing blocks of one other system, known as ImageX, an accessible database for scientific photographs and experiences.
Because of its entry to the nationwide community of a number of information and safe automation, deepMed is a vital contributor to the OSIC Data Repository.
For subsequent yr, OSIC and Medicom are planning to lengthen their dedication to analysis, machine studying, and AI initiatives, to profit sufferers dealing with ILDs and different uncommon or cancerous illnesses.
In addition, 2023 will convey an enlargement of care entry to the Veteran Care Community, with OSIC serving to healthcare professionals construct algorithms — used to carry out calculations and information processing — which will present solutions and alter lives.
“Our partnership with OSIC has helped us put these essential datasets into the fingers of researchers and clinicians dedicated to combating uncommon illnesses at a quicker tempo than conventional business information curation efforts,” Rosenberg mentioned. “We look ahead to persevering with our partnership with OSIC.”