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The Clinton Global Initiative

Topic: The Clinton Global Initiative.

 

Andrew Kuper: We owe a great deal to President [Bill] Clinton and to the Clinton Global Initiative. We labored in obscurity for 18 months where we created the entire infrastructure, the board, the team, the vision, the country entry strategies, all the pictures. And as a new team in a new area with a new idea, we were all about the substance but we certainly did not have any sort of global exposure, we didn’t have the kinds of global allies that President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative represented.

And what happened is that CGI has an amazing capacity to screen for some of the most exciting and innovative ideas out there both within companies and within organizations and CGI found us and within two weeks, they had basically decided to take us and to put us on a global stage. And what President Clinton did and his amazing team at CGI is they took us and in the finale special session of the Clinton Global Initiative of 2008 with President Clinton on stage alongside Tony Blair and several heads of states and regional head and the major CEO in front of a thousand people and a thousand press, they put us on that stage and President Clinton spoke about the importance of Leap Frog, how we plan to reach 25 million low income and financially excluding people, how we plan to do it profitably, how we plan to do it with quality and affordable products, how we plan to do it with amazing allies like law firms like Akin, Gump and [Wiley, Rhine] like actuarial firms like Quindiem, like microinsurance firms like the Microinsurance Center, they gave us a platform for telling the story and as a result we had a flood of interesting offers and opportunities and we’re eager to have more but to flood in, we had exposure to media like The Wall Street Journal, like Private Equity International that has really helped us to achieve our profit with purpose mission.

And CGI has subsequently developed a feature story on us and introduced us to all sort of good people, including Big Think, and the amazing work it does.

President Clinton, in so many cases, is a catalyst for profound change as he was in bringing the work of Yunis and Grameen to this country as he and Hillary Clinton have been in the insurance phase and here, the Clinton Global Initiative has helped launch the world’s first microinsurance fund and we believe it’s the beginning of getting hundreds of millions of people the insurance they need in the world’s least developed and immerging markets.

So I cannot understate the importance of what the Clinton Global Initiative has done for us and I know that there are many other entrepreneurs out there and companies and nonprofits and worthy multilaterals that feel the same way that this platform is really is unparalleled.

 

Recorded on: May 1, 2009

 

 

The president of LeapFrog Investments on the benefits of his strategic partnership with CGI.

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The psychological scars a traumatic experience can leave behind may have a more profound effect on a person than the original traumatic experience. Long after an acute emergency is resolved, victims of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continue to suffer its consequences.

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70 data points and machine learning

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Study lead author Katharina Schultebraucks of Columbia University's Department Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons says:

"For many trauma patients, the ED visit is often their sole contact with the health care system. The time immediately after a traumatic injury is a critical window for identifying people at risk for PTSD and arranging appropriate follow-up treatment. The earlier we can treat those at risk, the better the likely outcomes."

The new PTSD test uses machine learning and 70 clinical data points plus a clinical stress-level assessment to develop a PTSD score for an individual that identifies their risk of acquiring the condition.

Among the 70 data points are stress hormone levels, inflammatory signals, high blood pressure, and an anxiety-level assessment. Says Schultebraucks, "We selected measures that are routinely collected in the ED and logged in the electronic medical record, plus answers to a few short questions about the psychological stress response. The idea was to create a tool that would be universally available and would add little burden to ED personnel."

Researchers used data from adult trauma survivors in Atlanta, Georgia (377 individuals) and New York City (221 individuals) to test their system.

Of this cohort, 90 percent of those predicted to be at high risk developed long-lasting PTSD symptoms within a year of the initial traumatic event — just 5 percent of people who never developed PTSD symptoms had been erroneously identified as being at risk.

On the other side of the coin, 29 percent of individuals were 'false negatives," tagged by the algorithm as not being at risk of PTSD, but then developing symptoms.

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Schultebraucks looks forward to more testing as the researchers continue to refine their algorithm and to instill confidence in the approach among ED clinicians: "Because previous models for predicting PTSD risk have not been validated in independent samples like our model, they haven't been adopted in clinical practice." She expects that, "Testing and validation of our model in larger samples will be necessary for the algorithm to be ready-to-use in the general population."

"Currently only 7% of level-1 trauma centers routinely screen for PTSD," notes Schultebraucks. "We hope that the algorithm will provide ED clinicians with a rapid, automatic readout that they could use for discharge planning and the prevention of PTSD." She envisions the algorithm being implemented in the future as a feature of electronic medical records.

The researchers also plan to test their algorithm at predicting PTSD in people whose traumatic experiences come in the form of health events such as heart attacks and strokes, as opposed to visits to the emergency department.

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