Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to Host 3rd Annual Symposium on the Meaningful Use of Complex Medical Data

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On August 16 and 17, the 3 annual is returning to of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Once again, program director , along with a committee of representatives from nationally recognized companies and universities, has organized an interactive forum to tackle the “Big Data Revolution” as it applies to medicine.

Following the lead of communication and commerce, healthcare has catapulted into the digital age. The implementation of electronic health care records (EHRs) has allowed thousands of physicians to log their clinical observations on a daily basis. With a few keystrokes, individual cases of diagnosis, course of treatment and patient outcomes are recorded into an extensive data network. However, when searching for ways to improve medical processes and interactions, this collection of digital data is often overlooked.

With the goal of analyzing this wealth of information, the MUCMD Symposium was inaugurated three years ago by Dr. Randall Wetzel, chairman of the at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The symposium introduces physicians and researchers to “big data” experts such as computer scientists, engineers and statisticians. Together, this multidisciplinary team searches for relationships among documented clinical experiences that will guide innovation and research, and ultimately revolutionize the way healthcare professionals care for patients.

This year’s includes: Eric Baldeschwieler from Apache™ Hadoop®, Zhiyong Lu from the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine, Eva Lee from the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare and other industry-based scientists. The Symposium also includes speakers from Johns Hopkins University, IBM, Vanderbilt University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology.

Presentations will focus on data-driven healthcare, crowdsourcing statistics, machine learning-guided decision support, the role of “big” data in pathology, and the electronic health record in autism treatment/diagnosis. As it has in previous years, the symposium will offer poster sessions, predictive modeling competitions, oral presentations and ample time for brainstorming and discussion.

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Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States, is one of America's premier teaching hospitals and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

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