The Medical College of Wisconsin will lead a health screening initiative as part of the Wisconsin BioHealth Tech Hub effort thanks to newly announced federal funding. 

The U.S. Economic Development Administration last week awarded $49 million to the state-based effort, led by the 18-member Tech Hub Consortium, including MCW. The college then rolled out details for the CAREScan Mobile Screening project, one of the main efforts being supported with the Phase 2 funding.

This effort will initially provide lung, colon, breast, prostate, and liver cancer screening, and will ultimately screen for other diseases as well, according to the release. It will also use AI-based telehealth services developed by a MCW spinoff biotech company called NexusMD.

These will be offered through a neighborhood-based framework to advance access to health screening, MCW says. This approach is meant to build trust within communities that are historically underserved by medical screening services, with community outreach being conducted in partnership with Milwaukee-based InPower and Madison-based Wisconsin Health Literacy.

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