Northwestern Medicine to establish AI cardiovascular program with $25M gift

Northwestern Medicine plans to launch an artificial intelligence center focused on cardiovascular disease with funding from a recent $25 million gift, the Chicago-based health system announced June 26.

The Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation's gift builds on the foundation's previous financial donations to Northwestern Medicine. In 2005, the foundation — formed by Chicago philanthropist and real estate developer Neil G. Bluhm — provided the initial gift that created the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

The new center will investigate how advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning can help improve cardiovascular disease diagnosis, treatment and research.

"Artificial intelligence is the next frontier in breakthrough medicine, and Northwestern Medicine is leading the way by incorporating this emerging technology throughout its cardiovascular programs," Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, executive director of the cardiovascular institute, said in the health system's June 26 statement.

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