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The mission of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® is to establish foundational evidence for health policy and radiology practice that promotes the effective and efficient use of health care resources and improves patient care.

HEAL logo and the HEAL building.


The Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL) is a unit of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Economics that focuses on applying big data analytics and machine learning to large-scale medical claims databases to better understand how evolving health care delivery and payment models affect patients and providers – with a specific focus on the role of medical imaging.

HEAL research leverages Georgia Tech’s unparalleled strength in data science and advanced analytics to fully exploit the vast stores of medical data now available. This allows us to provide needed information to the national medical imaging debate and work towards developing sustainable health care policies that address current gaps in healthcare access, cost, quality, and equity.

Portrait of Danny Hughes, PhD

Principal Investigator

Danny Hughes, PhD



Dr. Sanelli is the director of the NHPI Policy Research and IMaging Effectiveness (PRIME) Center, which sits within the Institute of Health System Science at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.

NHPI PRIME focuses on research that will generate evidence-based imaging recommendations for informing health policy decisions to improve patient care and population health. Studies within the NHPI PRIME division develop and utilize comparative effectiveness and decision modeling methodologies that incorporate radiology-specific factors, such as radiation risks and time delay to imaging, as well as patient-specific characteristics to determine the optimal clinical care pathway for individual patients.

Investigators collaborate with decision scientists, health economists, clinicians, database managers, and research information technologists, and utilize resources across the health system to build unique datasets that incorporate the electronic medical record (EMR), imaging data, and claims data to provide real-world data to inform decisions at the point of care.

Portrait of Pina Sanelli, MD

Principal Investigator

Pina Sanelli, MD

Research Team: Jason Wang, PhD, Mehrad Bastani, PhD, Artem Boltyenkov, PhD, Maria Sanmartin, PhD, and Kinpritma Sangha, PhD