BizTimes: Mpirik, Medtronic launch AI pilot program to address disparities in cardiac care

BizTimes: Mpirik, Medtronic launch AI pilot program to address disparities in cardiac care

Medtronic has tapped Milwaukee-based Mpirik to help launch its pilot program that uses artificial intelligence to screen health care data for patients who may be at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

The goal of the pilot program is to connect patients with potentially lifesaving medical devices before sudden cardiac arrest occurs. The initiative also aims to address disparities in cardiac care across gender and race.

According to Medtronic, women and men of color, along with white women, receive medical devices like cardioverter-defibrillators at lower rates than white men. Medtronic-sponsored research also suggests that patients who are medically indicated for implantable heart devices often do not receive them.

“Ensuring adherence to a care pathway, assessing personalized disease progression and screening potential cardiac disease, without differentiation for gender or race, are complex issues that our machine learning and natural language processing help to solve,” Mpirk CEO Logan Brigman said in a statement.

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