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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016 Apr;63(2):357-66. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2015.12.007.

Big Data and Predictive Analytics: Applications in the Care of Children.

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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 4401 Penn Avenue, Room 6415 AOB, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, USA. Electronic address:


Emerging changes in the United States' healthcare delivery model have led to renewed interest in data-driven methods for managing quality of care. Analytics (Data plus Information) plays a key role in predictive risk assessment, clinical decision support, and various patient throughput measures. This article reviews the application of a pediatric risk score, which is integrated into our hospital's electronic medical record, and provides an early warning sign for clinical deterioration. Dashboards that are a part of disease management systems, are a vital tool in peer benchmarking, and can help in reducing unnecessary variations in care.


Big data; Clinical Informatics; Electronic Health Records; Predictive analytics

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