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Stanford-IMSS Collaboration

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The Mexican Institute of Social Security (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, IMSS) is an integrated healthcare system with representation in every state of Mexico. It is an agency of the Mexican government that offers medical care, pensions, and disability benefits to all private sector employees in the country. The Institute is funded through contributions from employees, employers, and the government. IMSS is the largest social security agency in Latin America. To learn more about IMSS (in Spanish), please visit their website.

Stanford is collaborating with IMSS on research, academic exchange, and technology development, to tackle the shared public health concerns that Mexico and the United States face today. In June 2016, both institutions signed a four-year General Collaboration Agreement to foster innovation in health care.

The Bustamante Lab is leading the collaborative effort with IMSS. There are two biomedical data science projects on which investigators from both institutions are currently working:

  1. Cancer journey. From our research protocol, "Building a Population-Based Cancer Registry from Electronic Health Records", we have completed our first collaborative research study: A. Lopez Pineda et al. "Data mining of digitized health records in a resource-constrained setting reveals that timely immunophenotyping is associated with improved breast cancer  outcomes,"
  2. Diabetes complications predictionOur research protocol, "Longitudinal study for the development of predictive models of diabetic complications", is currently under review by the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) at Stanford and IMSS.