Data projects need support of providers, health system leaders to find success

When it comes to use of data in healthcare, one key component is collaboration between data scientists, physicians and others, according to Penn Medicine Chief Data Scientist Michael Draugelis.

There are many data-focused projects underway at the Philadelphia-based health system, including Penn Signals, a real-time application platform that Penn will soon open to other organizations, as well as a patient-risk predictor system.

One key to success of such ventures, Draugelis tells InformationWeek, is having someone who will back the project and be passionate about it--the support of physicians for the Penn Signals platform has allowed it to evolve, he says.

Along with the backing of stakeholders, top management also must believe in the project, he adds.

It's in part because of such support that Penn Signals will be released by June to the broader medical community as an open source project, Draugelis says.

In addition, last year Penn Medicine credited use of data analytics for a decrease in sepsis mortality rates, FierceHealthIT previously reported.

The hospital used clinical systems data and an early warning system to improve care and response times.

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