Zuckerberg, Chan give UCSF million for health data research

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, will contribute $10 million to UCSF to help fund an effort to merge data on 15 million patients across five UC medical campuses into one database. The investment highlights the interest from investors and researchers in applying artificial intelligence to health data. The goal is to detect patterns in disease development and to allow doctors to better develop treatment plans for patients. In oncology, for instance, computers could mine patient data to try to predict whether women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who stop responding to one type of drug may be more likely to respond to another type of treatment, based on previous cases. The $10 million contribution is separate from the commitment by the couple’s limited liability company, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, to invest $3 billion over the next decade to cure disease. It will go toward UCSF’s Institute of Computational Health Sciences. In addition to merging data from health records, it will be used to hire faculty members for the institute over the next five years, said Dr. Atul Butte, the institute’s director. “Big data and machine learning is hot in medicine right now,” Butte said. “If you…


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