Predictive Analytics Ripe For Healthcare
The University of California at Irvine now offers a certificate program in predictive analytics.  Predictive analytics have been used to help turn baseball programs around and by numerous businesses in order to improve their bottom line.  It is time it was adopted by healthcare organizations, at least in this country with all the new regulations being handed out on a daily basis.


Actually, healthcare already uses predictive analytics, at least to some extent, using data analyses of the past performance of certain medicines and medical approaches to various problems.  However, there is much more that can be done on a macro level in terms of tracking disease progress and even using social media and other data and trends to predict when outbreaks might be expected.
With education catching up and offering programs specifically in the process of using data to anticipate outcomes, don’t you think it’s time for healthcare to begin looking into the future?
–Warren B. Causey

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  1. waynergf says:

    Many in healthcare have been using “predictive analytics” for quite some time, for a very diverse range of problems, such as:
    o Statistical Process Control to track and evaluate interventions for continual improvement of many aspects of healthcare delivery; to compare (gasp!) outpatient physician performance over time;
    o Multiple Linear Regression to estimate potential increase in margins in Division of Surgery due to higher utilizations of the ORs;
    o Monte Carlo Simulation to quantify the effects of patient time-in-room and number of patients per day on outpatient clinical exam room utilization;
    o Linear Programming to evaluate various ways of (gasp!) maximizing outpatient physician productivity;
    o Logistic Regression to develop models to predict likelihood of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Congestive Heart Failure;
    o Discrete Event Simulation to optimize resource utilization while maximizing patient throughput; and
    o Time-Series Analysis to build models to forecast obstetric patient visits and admissions.

    Welcome aboard! :-)

    *** Wayne G. Fischer, PhD ***

  2. Warren Causey says:

    Thanks Wayne, good examples. Obviously education is still catching up. Thanks for your comment.

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