Today, mammography is a woman’s best defense when it comes to detecting breast cancer at its earliest.
The technology has saved countless lives, but it’s not fool-proof. Radiologists are the doctors who specialize in reading the breast images taken during a mammography screening.
And depending on breast density, the pictures don’t always tell the whole story.
Kevin Harris, CEO and founder of CureMetrix says, “Finding tumors on mammogram images in dense breast tissue can be like finding a polar bear on an ice cap.”
Studies show false negatives, or missed tumors can occur at a rate of about 1 in 5 breast cancers. False positives affect 7 to 12 percent of all women after an initial mammogram, meaning a patient must unnecessarily undergo stress and sometimes invasive biopsies for a cancer that does not exist.
Harris’s San Diego-based company called Curemetrix is using artificial intelligence to help in getting the most accurate reading possible.
Researchers there say using computer-aided diagnosis will save a significant portion of the $4 billion per year spent on unneeded procedures and more importantly reduce false negatives and savings lives.
Kevin Harris, the CEO and Board director of CureMetrix.com has over 20 years of leadership experience, with a demonstrated track record of success with particular expertise in bringing new products and services to market. Passionate about sustainable growth, Harris creates strategic and operational partnerships tied to metrics that brings top to bottom organizational transparency. In his role as CEO and Board President, Harris works primarily with hospitals to access, integrate and leverage their data in ways that improve desired outcomes.
With a B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego, Harris’ career has included key leadership roles with Silicon Space, Insurance Company of the West, The San Diego Foundation, SharePoint 360 and REEL Qualified. Kevin is also an active member of the community, serving on the boards of Kids Korps USA, Voices for Children, Inc., the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation as well as on the Board of Governors for The San Diego Foundation.