Data-Mining a Diagnosis in the ICU
Data-mining has found its way into hospital Intensive Care Units (ICUs):
- Predictive Medical Technologies is claiming their ICU monitoring software can predict adverse events like a cardiac arrest up to 24 hours before they happen.(See Algorithms are the new medical tests.)
- IBM and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) are researching the data-mining of ICU monitoring data to detect changes in the condition of critically-ill premature infants. (See First-of-a-Kind Technology to Help Doctors Care for Premature Babies.)
I confess unease upon reflecting on Predictive Medical Technologies monitoring software, as the phrase "secret sauce" leads me to think of trade secrets – and trade secrets are in opposition to the tradition of open research. The only defense I can come up with is that their "secret sauce" might be in how quickly they process the information (as a process that takes 2 weeks to process 8 hours of results would be useless except as a proof-of-concept). On the other hand, it sounds like the IBM/UOIT collaboration should result in standard, open research results.
Pretty cool stuff all around, though.