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8th TUC Meeting - Martin Zand University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute). Graphing Healthcare Networks: Data, Analytics and Use Cases

  • Posted on: 27 December 2016
  • By: Adrian Diaz

Martin Zand, Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the Rochester enter for Health Informatics, switched the focus of the presentations talking as a user of graph databases. Zand pinpointed the relevance of using graph in healthcare comparing 3 characteristics of healthcare to their counterpart with graphs:

  • Healthcare is delivered by networks.
  • Patients traverse those networks.
  • The topology of the networks influences outcomes.

The talk of Dr. Zand was structured around the presentation of 3 uses cases:

  • Readmissions into de Intensive Care Unit.
    • The main questions to answer for this particular use case were the identification of groups of patients based on the topology y of the graph and the association of patient outcomes with the previously mentioned topology. This use case can be applied to understand the patient journey to generate predictions and design earlier interventions.
  • Generating a flow map of the hospital.
    • Dr. Zand and his team tried again to address two questions, how hospital floors (or units) are linked by patient transfers and how could they model the flow of the patient between units. Applications of this particular use case could be the optimization of the patient distribution or the implementation of a graph-based feature for classifying hospitals.
  • Mapping the whole US healthcare system.
    • The questions here were: Is it possible to understand how healthcare providers are linked by common patients? Can user flow be modelled throughout the whole US healthcare system? Inherent applications of this use case are the identification of self-organized provider networks and improvement of care outcomes for patients with complex medical conditions.

Remember to plan your assistance tot the upcoming 9th TUC Meeting at SAP's HQ in Walldorf, Germany the 9-10th of February!

To see the full talk with its slides see below:

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