McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
affiliated faculty member Gilles Clermont, MD (pictured), associate professor of critical care medicine and the medical director of the Center for Inflammation and Regenerative Modeling, University of Pittsburgh, is a co-author of a paper that was recently honored by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) with the Homer R. Warner award. The winning paper is entitled "Conditional Outlier Detection for Clinical Alerting."
The Homer R. Warner Award is named for Homer R. Warner, MD, PhD, a pioneer in the field of informatics and the founder of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. The annual award is presented to the paper that best describes approaches to improving computerized information acquisition, knowledge data acquisition and management, and experimental results documenting the value of these approaches.
Milos Hauskrecht, a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh, is the primary author of the paper. Other co-authors include Michal Valko, Iyad Bata, Shyam Visweswaran, and Gregory Cooper.
The abstract of the team’s paper reads: We develop and evaluate a data-driven approach for detecting unusual (anomalous) patient-management actions using past patient cases stored in an electronic health record (EHR) system. Our hypothesis is that patient-management actions that are unusual with respect to past patients may be due to a potential error and that it is worthwhile to raise an alert if such a condition is encountered. We evaluate this hypothesis using data obtained from the electronic health records of 4,486 post-cardiac surgical patients. We base the evaluation on the opinions of a panel of experts. The results support that anomaly-based alerting can have reasonably low false alert rates and that stronger anomalies are correlated with higher alert rates.
The AMIA is dedicated to promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy. It is an interdisciplinary and diverse group of individuals and organizations that come from over 65 countries.
American Medical Informatics Association
Bio: Dr. Gilles Clermont
Paper (Proceedings of the Fall Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association (Nov 2010))