Data analytics is increasingly being brought to bear to treat human disease, but as more and more health data is stored in computer databases, one significant challenge is how to perform analyses across these disparate databases. In this post I take a look at the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (or OHDSI, pronounced “Odyssey”) program that was formed to address this challenge, and which today accounts for 1.26 billion patient records collectively stored across 64 databases in 17 countries.
Modeling EHR Data in Healthcare
In this case study, we take a look at modeling electronic health record (EHR) data with deep learning and Deeplearning4j (DL4J). We draw inspiration from recent research showing that carefully designed neural network architectures can learn effectively from the complex, messy data collected in EHRs. Specifically, we describe how to train an long short-term memory recurrent neural network (LSTM RNN) to predict in-hospital mortality among patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Technology-focused discussions about genomics usually highlight the huge growth in DNA sequencing since the beginning of the century, growth that has outpaced Moore’s law and resulted in the $1000 genome. However, future growth is projected to be even more dramatic. In the paper “Big Data: Astronomical or Genomical?”, the authors say it is estimated that “between 100 million and as many as 2 billion human genomes could be sequenced by 2025”,
Thanks to Karthik Vadla, Abhi Basu, and Monica Martinez-Canales of Intel Corp. for the following guest post about using CDH for cost-effective processing/indexing of DICOM (medical) images.
Medical imaging has rapidly become the best non-invasive method to evaluate a patient and determine whether a medical condition exists. Imaging is used to assist in the diagnosis of a condition and, in most cases, is the first step of the journey through the modern medical system.