With the recent launch of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT News examines research with the potential to reshape medicine and health care. Jenna Weins, a graduate student at CSAIL’s Data-Driven Medicine group is using machine-learning techniques to comb through dozens of variables — such as age and complaint upon admission, vital signs and lab results — to find patients that suggested elevated risk of infection with the nasty intestinal bug Clostridium difficile.
Based at the Media Lab is the New Media Medicine Group, headed by Frank Moss, professor of the practice of media arts and sciences. The group’s Collective Discovery project, which involves Moss and his graduate students John Moore and Ian Eslick, seeks to provide tools to enable members of online discussion boards to gather and organize medically relevant data about their own experiences with particular diseases and courses of treatment. Read the full article here.