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Children's Hospital and ORNL Leverage Data to Aid Mental Health

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory will partner with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, collaborating with CCHMC's Dr. John Pestian and Dr. Tracy Glauser, to explore ways to deploy expertise in health data science that could more quickly identify patients' mental health risk factors and aid in suicide prevention strategies.

ORNL and CCHMC will leverage the lab's expertise in high-performance computing — which includes access to the world's most powerful supercomputers — and proven ability to keep medical records safe and secure to research new computational methodologies using deep learning and artificial intelligence techniques.

"Our collaboration's goal is to quickly scan and detect at-risk patients' behaviors and predictive patterns that could lead to mental health solutions, all while keeping personal information protected," said ORNL Program Manager Joe Lake.

After the pilot phase, the team plans to scale up to larger patient datasets and share the results with other entities that have identified mental health conditions as a top priority, such as the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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