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Fast Company Names Icahn School of Medicine as One of World's Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Big Data

Ranked in Big Data Sector for "embracing data scientists and supercomputers to build the hospital of the future"

  • New York
  • (February 11, 2014)

Fast Company has named the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as one of the "World's Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Big Data" in its 2014 ranking of leading organizations in critical areas.

In honoring Mount Sinai in the sector of big data, Fast Company's editorial team announced that the award was for "embracing data scientists and supercomputers to build the hospital of the future." Fast Company reported, "The New York City hospital is bringing on top Silicon Valley talent to build a facility that will map patients' genomes to predict diseases, reduce the number of average hospital visits, and streamline electronic medical records."

Fast Company named the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as No. 5 in its 2014 ranking of "World's Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Big Data." Other honorees in Fast Company's Big Data list included global corporations GE (No. 1) and IBM (No. 4) along with fast-growing startup companies such as Kaggle (No. 2) and Ayasdi (No. 3).

The Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company's most significant, high-profile editorial effort of the year. The editorial team spends months gathering and sifting data to identify those enterprises that exemplify the best in business from across the economy and around the world. Fast Company posted the list of top companies innovating in big data here: http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2014/industry/big-data. The list will publish in Fast Company's March 2014 issue, available on newsstands as of February 17.

"We are honored by Fast Company's acknowledgement of the progress that our outstanding team at Mount Sinai is making as we apply big data to better understand, diagnose, and treat disease," said Eric Schadt, PhD, the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, part of the Mount Sinai Health System. "We've made a substantial bet on big data to help us understand the vast network of genes, metabolites, proteins, and environmental factors that drive the function of the human body. In the future, the practice of medicine will be so personalized that physicians will be able to pinpoint what disrupted the network that caused a person's disease, predict the course of the disease, and determine how best to treat or even prevent it."

Jeffrey Hammerbacher, Data Scientist and Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, stated, "I'm delighted that Fast Company has highlighted our trailblazing work here at Mount Sinai with this honor. Our team seeks to ultimately advance human well-being by understanding the root cause of diseases. We are creating virtual models of the human system that are nearly as complex as we are by harnessing vast amounts of data, performing analysis with supercomputers, and integrating the results with the insights and deep experience of the scientists and clinicians at Mount Sinai."

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

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