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Prestigious award recognizes excellence in using data science to manage or improve health outcomes

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger has been chosen as one of three finalists for the 2022 Hearst Health Prize for its innovative use of data science to manage chronic conditions, identify and treat at-risk patients and improve health outcomes.

The finalists were recognized during a ceremony Tuesday in Los Angeles by the UCLA Center for SMART Health, an interdisciplinary collaborative focused on the integrated transformation of healthcare through emergent data and technologies, and Hearst Health, a division of Hearst and a leader in care guidance. 

Geisinger was chosen as a finalist for its array of health data science solutions that identify at-risk patients across the health system’s largely rural population to provide them with appropriate clinical services. These include:

ConnectedCare365, a virtual care delivery platform that uses remote patient monitoring, artificial intelligence and data analysis to connect patients with care management resources and prevent unnecessary hospital and emergency room visits
A machine-learning algorithm that identifies patients at high risk of developing colorectal cancer to promote follow-up screening
A model that uses natural language processing — a type of artificial intelligence allowing computers to understand human language — on radiology reports to identify cases of potentially deadly abdominal aortic aneurysm that might otherwise be missed

“We are honored to be recognized as a finalist for the 2022 Hearst Health Prize,” said David Vawdrey, Ph.D., chief data and informatics officer at Geisinger. “Providing high quality preventive care in rural, medically underserved populations is challenging. Through our Steele Institute for Health Innovation, Geisinger leverages data science to focus resources where they can yield the greatest benefits. We believe the effective application of data science can improve the health of populations, reduce health care costs and help eliminate inequality and injustice in our health care system.”

"We have taken a deliberate patient-centric approach, incorporating usable insights into workflows to make better health easier,” said Aalpen Patel, M.D., MBA, medical director of artificial intelligence at Geisinger. “These projects represent the efforts of diverse teams across the Steele Institute for Health Innovation and the Geisinger clinical enterprise, thinking differently and working in concert to drive success.”

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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