health disparities

Improving health outcomes with a little help from our friends—and artificial intelligence

The National Academy of Medicine has called for physicians to document social isolation in the electronic health record (EHR), because it can affect health outcomes. However, social isolation cannot be entered as coded data in current EHRs but only mentioned in clinical notes, which have historically been unintelligible to computers.

Addressing disparities in care, to the very end of life

Recently, a team led by Amelia Barwise, M.B.B.Ch., a pulmonary and critical care researcher at Mayo Clinic examined end-of-life decision making in the intensive care unit. Dr. Barwise is also a pre-doctoral (Ph.D.) student in the Clinical and Translational Science Track of the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

“We believed that conversations  about complex and sensitive issues at end of life,” says Dr. Barwise, “combined with limited English proficiency, could easily cause suboptimal communication, and in turn to a lower quality of care.”

The University of Florida (UF) Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) have been selected as this year’s recipients of CLIC funds and support to host a CTSA Program-wide Un-Meeting. Their event will focus on catalyzing new collaborations to bridge the translational science and agricultural extension sectors to improve rural health and health equity.


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