May 4, 2023
Reston, VA – Two research teams have each been awarded $75,000 in grant funds from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. The Neiman Institute Grants program was established in 2021 to fund novel research that provides evidence to inform health policy and radiology practice that promotes the effective and efficient use of health care resources with the goal of improving patient care.
The Harvey L. Neiman Grant supports research on the value of advancements in the field of radiology for improving the efficiency or effectiveness of patient care with an emphasis on research that explores opportunities in emerging technology or practice advancements with respect to impact on health equity, efficiency, or cost, and/or patient outcomes. The Richard Duszak Grant funds research that models the impact of proposed/future policy for radiology or radiology patients, that demonstrates the value of radiology in the context of recent or emerging models, such as value-based payments, or that evaluates innovative approaches (within a local delivery system) is of interest.
The Harvey L. Neiman Grant was awarded to the research team of Paul Yi, MD (Director, University of Maryland Medical Intelligent Imaging Center) and Jeremias Sulam, PhD (Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University) for their project titled: Characterizing and Improving Demographic Reporting in FDA-Cleared AI Algorithms and Public Datasets in Radiology: Expanding the ACR DSI’s AI Central and Dataset Directories.
“This project is highly significant because it addresses a major contributor to unfairness and bias in radiology AI which are critical barriers to the safe and responsible development and adoption of AI in our field.” said Dr. Yi. “This project will set the benchmarks and standards for demographic reporting in datasets and AI algorithms in radiology, which do not yet exist.”
The Richard Duszak Grant was awarded to the team of Zachary Bercu, MD (Assistant Professor, Emory University Hospital of Midtown), Hanssen Li, MD (Resident, Emory University), John T. Moon, MD (Resident, Emory University), and Michal Horný, PhD (Assistant Professor, Emory University) for their project titled: The Problem of Pain: Examining Healthcare Disparities and Cost-Effectiveness of Peri-Procedural Pain Regimens for Oncologic Radiological Interventions.
The goal, according to Dr. Moon, is “a clearer understanding of healthcare outcomes and healthcare disparities of peri-procedural pain regimens in oncologic radiological interventions. Ultimately, this research will allow us to identify pain strategies for optimal treatment of PES-related pain; while decreasing the healthcare-economic footprint of oncologic radiological interventions in the healthcare system and on indirect societal costs.”
“We were pleased to select these high-impact proposals for funding by the Neiman Health Policy Institute. The grant review committee determined that both studies had the potential to provide valuable information that can advance policies and practice in radiology toward high-quality, equitable patient care,” said Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD, Executive Director of the Neiman Institute.
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