October 29, 2018

Around the nation: How a 13-year-old is changing pancreatic cancer treatment

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    Rishab Jain, 13, has created an algorithm that uses machine learning to help doctors locate the pancreas during radiation treatment for cancer, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, and Utah.

    • Florida/Maryland/Utah: The Patient Safety Movement Foundation and the Carter Foundation has honored three hospitals for preventing patient deaths. The hospitals that saved the most lives this year are Maryland-based MedStar Health, which saved 225 patients, Florida-based Parrish Medical Center, which saved 110 patients, and Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare, which saved 75 patients. According to the Foundations, MedStar, Parrish, and Intermountain reduced patient deaths by eliminating hospital-based infections, reducing adverse drug reactions, and eliminating venous thromboembolism, respectively (Knowles, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/23).
    • Maryland/Washington: NIH last week announced Amazon Web Services will join its Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative. The STRIDES initiative will employ commercial cloud computing to make technology-intensive biomedical research and high-value NIH datasets manageable and accessible for NIH researchers (Seaton Jefferson, Forbes, 10/23).
    • Oregon: Rishab Jain, 13, on Tuesday won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for creating an algorithm that uses machine learning to help doctors locate the pancreas during radiation treatment for cancer. With Rishab's innovation, doctors may no longer have to use an error circle during treatment to ensure they don't hit the pancreas, which is usually obscured by other organs. Jain said he will use his $25,000 prize to advance the project (Ducharme, Time, 10/19).

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