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Tech Models to Identify Complication Risks in First Time Pregnancies

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award up to $400,000 to individuals or groups who design an effective method for analysing a large data set of first-time pregnancies. The innovative methods also need to identify risk factors for adverse outcomes, such as hypertensive disorders, diabetes and infection. A total of $50,000 will be awarded to each of the seven winners designing the most effective means to analyse the data. An additional $10,000 will be awarded to the top five winners whose methods identify risk factors in disadvantaged populations.

The Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge will be administered by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Using computational analysis, data mining, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other methods, winning entrants will need to devise ways for analysing the vast store of participant data from the Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-to-Be.

The study consists of a racially, ethnically and geographically diverse sample of people beginning in the sixth week of pregnancy and continuing through delivery. The study was established in 2010 and has compiled data on more than 10,000 pregnant women. The data were collected from interviews, questionnaires, clinical measurements, patient charts and biological specimens. The study aims to identify pregnancy risks for women who have not given birth previously.

NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch stated that without a prior pregnancy for comparison, identifying risks for adverse pregnancy outcomes is difficult. The study has provided important information on the health needs of this unique population, and they look to the Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge to identify even more effective ways to harness these powerful data.

Pregnancy complications, or morbidity, may result from conditions women have before pregnancy or develop during pregnancy. It is difficult to estimate the effects of pregnancy complications on maternal and newborn outcomes because they encompass a broad range of conditions that vary in severity. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, severe maternal morbidity includes unexpected outcomes of labour and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health.

The Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge seeks to address maternal mortality and morbidity by focusing on its underlying causes, such as obesity, mental health issues and substance abuse disorders. Limited access to health insurance and health care are also contributing factors. Because maternal mortality and morbidity affect Black and Indigenous/Alaskan Native women at a much higher rate than other groups, applicants are encouraged to develop methods addressing the needs of these communities.

A panel of federal employees serving as judges will review submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Proposal quality: Is the proposal complete? Does it address the challenge? Is the information presented clearly?
  • Problem comprehension and approach: Does the team have a clear understanding of the problem? Is there a clear explanation of how their solution addresses the challenge? Does the solution clearly address an issue related to maternal morbidity?
  • Innovation: Is the solution unexpected or out of the box? Does it have the potential to move science beyond what was previously considered? Did they approach the data in a new or unique way?
  • Potential Impact: Does the solution have the potential to impact large numbers of pregnant women? Does the solution have the potential to have a profound impact on a subset of the population? Does the solution address what could be a big problem?
  • Holistic view of proposal: Sense of the overall viability, innovation, thoroughness, potential to complete a winning prototype.
  • Applicability: Can the solution be extended or applied to other areas beyond maternal morbidity?
  • Disadvantaged racial and ethnic communities: How does the solution impact adversely impacted populations? Is the impact clearly described and demonstrated? Do they demonstrate an understanding of issues around maternal morbidities within in that population?
  • Robustness: Is the solution robust enough to stand up to issues such as noisy or incomplete data? How large a data set is required to function correctly? Was the solution adequately and suitably tested? Did the solution perform well under the tests? Did they adequately describe their results and their rationale?
  • Efficient/Ease of Use: How efficient is the implementation of the model? Is the data solution clear? Not overly complicated? Would it be straightforward for a researcher to move forward with the solution?

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.