NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine have been selected to be part of the White House's inaugural Precision Medicine Initiative Summit. Parsa Mirhaji, M.D., Ph.D., director of Clinical Research Informatics at Montefiore and Einstein is among an elite group of healthcare leaders from across the country who will participate in a roundtable today at the White House. The event will focus on efforts to integrate biological, clinical, environmental, and administrative data to advance innovations in research and improve the delivery of healthcare.
Dr. Mirhaji, who also serves as research associate professor of systems & computational biology at Einstein, has helped pioneer Montefiore and Einstein's "semantic data lake," which makes it possible to take de-identified patient generated data, to improve personalized therapies and identify what can be done to improve overall health outcomes at the community level. Most importantly, it enables an engaged environment where patients can easily access and review their personal health data, and be better informed when participating in in the clinical decision making process with their healthcare providers.
"We are proud to be on the forefront of identifying how to best combine genomic data and electronic medical records to customize patient care and advance our intelligence of how to effectively address community health needs," said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO, Montefiore Health System. "Montefiore is dedicated to providing individualized care to each patient that comes through our doors, and this goes beyond delivering a single diagnosis and recommended treatment. With Einstein, we are creating an unprecedented scientific resource that is redefining the future of healthcare delivery."
Since President Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative in January 2015, the Administration has focused on advancing its goals of ushering a new era of medicine that delivers the right treatment at the right time to the right person. The Summit, which will be webcast live at www.whitehouse.gov/live will feature the President discussing precision medicine efforts and the next steps in continuing to build momentum and collaborations.
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About Montefiore Health System
Montefiore Health System is a premier academic health system and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Combining nationally-recognized clinical excellence with a population health perspective that focuses on the comprehensive needs of the communities it serves, Montefiore delivers coordinated, compassionate, science-driven care where, when and how patients need it most. Montefiore consists of eight hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 2,747 beds, a School of Nursing, and state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of more than 150 locations across the region, including the largest school health program in the nation and a home health program. The Children's Hospital at Montefiore is consistently named in U.S. News' "America's Best Children's Hospitals." Montefiore's partnership with Einstein advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. The health system derives its inspiration for excellence from its patients and community, and continues to be on the frontlines of developing innovative approaches to care. For more information please visit http://www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter; like us on Facebook; view us on YouTube.
About Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation's premier centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Einstein is home to 731 M.D. students, 193 Ph.D. students, 106 students in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program, and 278 postdoctoral research fellows. The College of Medicine has more than 1,900 full-time faculty members located on the main campus and at its clinical affiliates. In 2015, Einstein received $148 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This includes the funding of major research centers at Einstein in aging, intellectual development disorders, diabetes, cancer, clinical and translational research, liver disease, and AIDS. Other areas where the College of Medicine is concentrating its efforts include developmental brain research, neuroscience, cardiac disease, and initiatives to reduce and eliminate ethnic and racial health disparities. Its partnership with Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital and academic medical center for Einstein, advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. Through its extensive affiliation network involving Montefiore, Jacobi Medical Center—Einstein's founding hospital, and three other hospital systems in the Bronx, Brooklyn and on Long Island, Einstein runs one of the largest residency and fellowship training programs in the medical and dental professions in the United States. For more information, please visit www.einstein.yu.edu, read our blog, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and view us on YouTube.
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