Winners Announced from the first "Biobank Disease Challenge"

December 21, 2018 9:30 am

Partners HealthCare hosted the first "Biobank Disease Challenge," an artificial intelligence and machine learning data analytics competition that was open to researchers across the United States.

Official Winners

1st Place (Tied) - $12,500 Prize
IBM Research / Center for Computational Health
Prithwish Chakraborty, Michal Ozery-Flato, Kristen Severson, Eryu Xia
Total judging score: 56 / Mean AUC: 0.8792

1st Place (Tied) - $12,500 Prize
University of Pittsburgh / Department of Biomedical Informatics
Xinghua Lu, Degan Hao, Qiao Jin
Total judging score: 56 / Mean AUC: 0.8768

3rd Place - $5,000 Prize
Massachusetts General Hospital / Computational Pathology
Maciej Pacula, Lev Lipkin, Dandan Mo 
Total judging score: 48 / Mean AUC: 0.8268

We congratulate all of the 50 teams for their hard work and outstanding submissions. The results of this challenge advance the understanding of data in the Partners HealthCare Biobank which will inform and improve the way this data will be used for research at Partners and more generally in the global understanding and development of phenotypic algorithms for clinical and basic research involving electronic health data.

More Information About our Challenge

The goal was to enable major translational data science players to leverage the Partners HealthCare Biobank in order to develop better phenotypic algorithms for clinical and basic research. The competition ran from September 12 to October 10th. Prizes were awarded for the best machine learning models and visualizations.

As we progress, we anticipate offering additional data challenges. Please check back to for future competitions.


Leadership and Project Management

Shawn N. Murphy, MD, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Partners HealthCare, Chief Research Information Officer
Dr. Murphy leads Research Information Science and Computing at Partners HealthCare (RISC) and invented, established, and continues the development of the Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR). Originally released in 1999, the RPDR connects human studies investigators to vast amounts of patient clinical data.

Brent G. Richter
Partners HealthCare
Director, Enterprise Research IS and Associate Director IS Operations
Dually under the CIOs of RISC and Partners IS, Brent provides technology platforms and services to the Research, Discovery and Innovation communities across Partners HealthCare through his talented team of Enterprise Research IS (ERIS).

John K. Vide, MBA
Engagement Lead
Data Analytics Strategy & Governance
Dell EMC Services
John is a senior manager with over 25 years of experience leading complex strategic and operational engagements in health care and financial services. His background includes envisioning and implementing strategic business and technology initiatives, including Data Analytics Proof of Concept/Value, Business Data Lake, Business Process/System Redesign, and Systems Integration Planning and Support.

Architecture, Applications and Engineering

Michael E. Mendis
Partners HealthCare
Team Lead II, Research Information Science and Computing
Mike has worked on various NIH funded grants such as Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2), PCORI and Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K). He has over 20 years of experience in the IT field.

Edana K. Merchan, Ph.D.
Partners HealthCare
Data Science Tools and Applications Engineer
Edana provides consulting for researchers within ERIS’ scientific computing on the HPC ERISOne Cluster and IDEA Analytics Platform. She is experienced with data science applications, in particular Python and R. Support of Hadoop ecosystem for Big Data applications with Spark and Hive.

Eloy Toscano
Partners HealthCare
Big Data Infrastructure Engineer
Eloy is focused on IT operations, working closely with analytics and innovation teams to deploy apps, big data analytics and related software and ensure a high service level. He has also led projects to optimize and automate tasks that improved the efficiency of service management.

Kevin M. Mullins
Partners HealthCare
Manager, Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS)
Kevin manages and supports the infrastructure of Enterprise Research Infrastructure and Services (ERIS).

Robert Small
Dell EMC Services
Solution Lead, Healthcare and Life Sciences
Rob is a senior technologist with over two decades experience working on transformational, data-driven initiatives in healthcare and life sciences. His expertise covers a wide range of data management disciplines, including data architecture, master data management, data governance, predictive analytics and business intelligence.

Business Development and Methodology Subject Matter Experts

Victor M. Castro
Partners HealthCare
Data Scientist, Research Information Science and Computing
Victor is a medical informaticist focused on developing tools and methods to analyze electronic health record and other biomedical data sources and a wiz with IRB and Legal documents and processes

Anika Heavener
Partners HealthCare
Senior Manager, Business Development, Partners Innovation:
Anika Heavener supports the business development activities across the Partners HealthCare network, focusing on defining and executing strategic programs and partnerships in domestic and international markets.