Health City is pleased to announce a unique collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. and AltaML
May 10, 2019

Aging seniors to reap long-term health benefits from Edmonton-based artificial intelligence project

Health City and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. announce collaboration to better predict disease risk, frailty in seniors

Health City is pleased to announce a unique collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., which also includes physicians and local companies. The project will leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to examine data as a means to better predict frailty and its impact on chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Frailty is the most concerning reality of our aging population. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 4 older adults are at imminent risk of becoming frail and are at a greater risk for declining health, higher health care utilization, and loss of independence. However, if frailty and risk for chronic disease can be identified earlier, there is an opportunity to intervene and improve care pathways for patients and positively impact their health.

At the heart of the project is the development of a tool that can facilitate how front-line providers are able to identify patients earlier in order to provide appropriate patient-centred interventions to support healthy aging.

AltaML, a local AI and machine learning company, will develop the machine learning algorithms to pull together the different data sets, uncovering predictions and patterns to solve key questions that physicians are asking patients. “We are thrilled to be part of the project at the ground-level,” says AltaML CEO Cory Janssen. “In order to apply AI to any sector, we have to have a clear understanding of the problem. Working directly with the physicians and the other partners on this project means that we can develop a better and more robust solution.”

Including local organizations like these early on will allow them to test their solutions in a real-world setting which will enable scalability outside the region.

“Our mandate is to drive economic development through innovation in the health sector in this region and this project is the first example of the kind of model we believe will do that,” says Health City CEO, Reg Joseph. “We’re excited that our partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim allows us to bring together this collaborative team from our vibrant health community to solve this very real challenge for our senior’s population, locally and nationally.”

The goal is to enable healthcare teams to proactively identify patients who could benefit from more individualized care and evidence-based interventions such as fall prevention, medication review, or social service interventions to help further mitigate frailty.

“We are committed to delivering innovative healthcare solutions that reflect our commitment to serve current and future healthcare needs,” says Richard Mole, President and CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. “Together with Health City, insights gained from the use of AI will help to address the needs of aging seniors in in the city of Edmonton, allowing them to manage their conditions more independently. “

“This is such a significant collaboration on so many levels for this city,” says Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “When I launched Health City in 2016, I knew that our region had the ability and opportunity to benefit from our world-class health research and innovative spirit. I am looking forward to more investment and jobs in this sector that result in economic prosperity for this region and ultimately impact the health and well-being of our citizens.”

Press: Health City