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

“Data mining” as a tool for speeding clinical discoveries into patient care

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Each day clinicians around the world observe the outcomes of therapy provided for patients under their care. With the adoption of electronic health care records (EHRs), hospitals and clinics are collecting data from tens of thousands of these practical therapeutic “experiments” daily. However, much of these data remain inaccessible and unanalyzed, so that providers are unable to learn from this wealth of information.

Randall C. Wetzel, MB, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Photo: Business Wire)

Randall C. Wetzel, MB, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Photo: Business Wire)

The Meaningful Use of Complex Medical Data (MUCMD) Symposium will bring together scientists, engineers, and clinicians from diverse backgrounds to explore the opportunities and challenges introduced by the growing abundance of digital data captured during the delivery of clinical care.

Presenters at the symposium, to be held on August 26 and 27, include:

  • Stuart Russell, PhD, UC Berkeley
  • John Langford, PhD, Yahoo!
  • Jeff Hammerbacher, AB, Cloudera
  • Jeffrey Heer, PhD, Stanford
  • Daniel J. Crichton, MS, NASA JPL
  • Eamonn Keogh, PhD, UC Riverside
  • Amar K. Das, MD, PhD, Stanford
  • Alina Beygelzimer, PhD, IBM
  • Suchi Saria, PhD, Harvard
  • Chris A. Mattmann, PhD, NASA JPL
  • Randall C. Wetzel, MB, FCCM, FAAP, MBA, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Milton Corn, MD, NIH

The symposium is being coordinated under the direction of Dr. Randall Wetzel, chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Wetzel has been an innovator in this field since his development of the Laura P. and Leland K. Whittier Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (VPICU). The VPICU offers unique access to health care, delivery of care, sharing of information, education of physicians and practitioners, as well as sophisticated methods of research and data analysis. Hosted at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, this symposium will include talks, poster presentations, panels, and ample time for thoughtful discussion and robust debate.

The collective experience recorded in archived medical data may hold the potential to revolutionize the delivery of patient care, drive new medical discoveries, and improve outcomes. Therefore, it must be not only stored and analyzed but also shared and utilized to inform the care of the next patient.

Existing clinical information systems, data policies, and research infrastructure are poorly suited to these tasks. The medical community must think strategically and leverage techniques that have proved useful in divergent fields such as computer science, statistics, engineering, and marketing, for summarizing raw data into useful information.

Some of the topics that will be included in the MUCMD Symposium include:

  • Robust system architectures for the efficient capture, storage, management, and sharing of highly granular clinical data.
  • Modern analytical techniques and algorithms from computational statistics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning for turning data into information.
  • Flexible, sensible regulatory frameworks that protect patient privacy while enabling crucial research.
  • Well-designed decision support tools that translate cutting-edge research to the bedside.

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About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best 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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Randall C. Wetzel, MB, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Photo: Business Wire)