Pittsburgh Alliance, Amazon drive AI product development in Steel City

A large health data-sharing consortium based in Pittsburgh is bringing in Amazon Web Services to help drive research and product development around machine learning and cloud computing in numerous areas of healthcare.

The Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance (PHDA) announced the arrangement Aug. 7, saying scientists from PHDA member institutions—namely the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon—will leverage AWS support to accelerate AI activity in cancer risk scoring, mental healthcare, diagnostic accuracy and other concentrations.

For example, a research team led by U of Pitt bioengineer David Vorp, PhD, is developing an algorithm that will guide surgeries for abdominal aortic aneurysms performed before symptoms show up.

The PHDA’s membership also includes the 40-hospital UPMC integrated health system.