CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 13, 2022 – Anumana, Inc., an AI-driven health technology company and portfolio company of nference, has launched a multi-year strategic collaboration with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (“Novartis”) to deploy a series of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software solutions that will detect hidden cardiovascular conditions. The collaboration will drive development and delivery of electrocardiogram (ECG) AI algorithms to help physicians accelerate detection and intervention for patients with previously undetected life-threatening heart disease. The ECG AI algorithm is still in development and not yet FDA authorized for commercial clinical use.
The collaboration will support Anumana’s efforts to implement AI-enabled diagnostic software that can detect signals from ECGs that humans cannot interpret. The collaboration will initially focus on cardiovascular diseases. Working with its expert partners from Mayo Clinic, Anumana will deploy novel solutions that use AI to analyze an ECG, a widely available, painless test that records the heart’s electrical signals to identify undiagnosed left ventricular dysfunction, or a weak heart pump, which can lead to heart failure. The AI will also screen for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. In addition, an evidence-based, digital point-of-care solution will be developed to guide in optimizing guideline-directed medical therapies with the aim to lower risk for potentially avoidable hospitalizations and cardiovascular death.
“Anumana technology is designed to help physicians identify patients who are at maximum risk of heart failure, long before they develop symptoms,” said Murali Aravamudan, CEO of Anumana. “Bringing together premier global organizations will allow us to expand access to best-in-class, AI-powered digital tools to benefit patients through earlier detection and intervention, when and where health care providers need it most.”
“Many heart diseases develop for years before signs and symptoms appear, but the first event may be life threatening,” said Paul Friedman, M.D., Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic and Chair of Anumana’s Mayo Clinic Board of Advisors. “AI enables us to uncover hidden signals our bodies transmit to detect otherwise occult heart diseases, potentially years before symptoms appear. This collaboration has the potential to transform the use of an ubiquitous inexpensive test, the ECG, with the aim of democratizing disease detection and helping medical care teams to proactively manage heart disease ahead of time and prevent some clinical events from ever happening.”