RSNA Establishes Key Partnerships with ARPA-H

RSNA designated as a Spoke of ARPA-H’s Customer Experience Hub to help center patient populations and meet the needs of providers

The recently established Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) aims to accelerate better health outcomes for everyone by supporting the development of high-impact solutions to today’s most challenging health problems.

In January, RSNA was designated as a Spoke of ARPA-H’s Customer Experience Hub. ARPA-H has created a nationwide “health innovation network” consisting of three regional hubs and numerous spokes that will work together to ensure that new tools, technologies and innovations generated by ARPA-H thrive after federal funding ends. The Customer Experience Hub is focused on centering patient populations and meeting the needs of providers. Among other types of engagement, in its role as a Spoke, RSNA can serve as a resource to ARPA-H performers focused on designing and developing imaging related tools and platforms to accelerate health futures.

To date, the new U.S. agency has launched nine programs, including the Biomedical Data Fabric (BDF) Toolbox which aims to de-risk technologies and provide an easily deployable, multi-modal, multi-scale, connected ecosystem for biomedical data.

In September 2023, MIDRC was selected as one of several performers for the ARPA-H Biomedical Data Fabric (BDF) Toolbox. MIDRC will provide domain expertise and data commons technology development in medical imaging. It will also assist with development and deployment of medical imaging data commons architectures and resources to support various diseases and applications for the BDF Toolbox.

Launched in 2020 as part of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MIDRC is hosted by the University of Chicago and is a collaborative effort between RSNA, the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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