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Hearst Health Prize judging panel selects two finalists; Winner to be announced at UCLA Health Data Day

The Hearst Health Prize, an annual award of $100,000, celebrates data science projects that are advancing healthcare. After a rigorous review process, a panel of experts have selected two finalists for this year’s prize, Mount Sinai Health System and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The latest winner of this prestigious prize, administered by Hearst Health in partnership with the UCLA Center for SMART Health, will be announced at UCLA Health Data Day on June 4, 2024.

Mount Sinai Health System was selected for a machine learning application that enables the faster identification and treatment of malnutrition in hospitalized patients.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was selected for its work developing data science pipelines for cancer research, specifically in the realm of lung cancer.

The panel tasked with judge duties included Ivelyse Andino, Alex Bui, Ph.D., Arash Naeim, M.D., Ph.D., and Jennifer K. Wagner, J.D., Ph.D., each bringing impressive credentials and a unique perspective to the table. Their backgrounds span a range of sectors, from patient advocacy and health equity to interdisciplinary research in informatics, medicine, law, policy, engineering, and anthropology.

Judge Arash Naeim, M.D, Ph.D., Co-director of the UCLA Center for SMART Health, expressed anticipation for the discussions and collaboration UCLA Health Data Day will foster, noting the quality of the 2024 submissions and the chance to bring thought leaders together to share innovative strategies.

As part of the Hearst Health network, Homecare Homebase shares in Hearst Health’s goal of furthering healthcare innovation. Both organizations uphold the importance of promoting solutions that improve care for the majority of the U.S. population. The prize is a key vehicle for forwarding this mission and demonstrates a commitment to the ongoing transformation of healthcare through the use of data and technology. By helping to promote events like UCLA Health Data Day and the achievements of the Hearst Health Prize finalists, Homecare Homebase continues to demonstrate its dedication to advancing healthcare quality, access, and outcomes.

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