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Healthcare Data Analytics Gone Wrong
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David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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7/1/2014 | 11:44:21 AM
How deep is the issue of healthcare analytics misuse?
Is this an example of a public relations snafu or is it truly a deep problem with the way the incentives in the healthcare system are being reshaped. We've heard plenty about the "perverse incentives" of the bad old fee-for-service healthcare system. But are the new incentives going to create problems that are as bad or worse?

On the other hand, as long as healthcare organizations need to be self-sustaining, they do need to weigh their mix of profitable services vs. charity cases. So I'm of two minds about whether this is a phenomenon that really is bad or just sounds bad when exposed in the press.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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7/1/2014 | 3:04:06 PM
Health still needs handshake ethics
As the world becomes more digital, there appear to be more and more companies that forget the ethics of face to face exchanges. In health care, patients can probably detect the self-interested behaviors and will hold the companies perpetuating them responsible. It's not like Facebook. It's more like reality.
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7/1/2014 | 3:14:59 PM
Re: Health still needs handshake ethics
It is cruel to impose likely unnecessary tests on healthy "profitable" people. Period. We already put up with too many tests, some done to guard against liability. Tests cause stress while you wait to take them and then while you wait for results.

There are many good doctors in this world. This "more tests" line of thinking does not sound like it came from a compassionate doctor but a number cruncher.
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7/2/2014 | 12:05:33 AM
Re: Health still needs handshake ethics
It is a deliate issue. There is a burden of unnecessary avoidable costs, on the other side what if a paties sues for not bing asked to do a test for his cancer at early stage. I believe, both parties are trying to play safe. The cost will go down when all will depend and trust each other.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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7/1/2014 | 7:00:47 PM
Re: Health still needs handshake ethics
I hope consumers can hold healthcare companies accountable. Too often pricing is opaque, alternatives are in short supply and are limited by real-world considerations (like provider distance).
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7/2/2014 | 1:43:07 PM
It's all about money& the scoring of America..
I might the only one here that used to write code but the query process is an addiction looking for value and then looking for money.  There is value in data but must be used correctly and average consumers gets duped in marketing at times and you end up with broken models like the Bloombert Big Gulp idea and he didn't know where to stop when the model was failing and same thing in healthcare as people are duped and push failed models that won't work, for the sake of making money.  I have been calling it an epdidemic in the US for a couple years now as my data mechancis logic mixed with years in sales combines and it's crystal clear.  The executive at the hospital who's been duped by Axiom and Mastercard is good example of danger duping out there.

Here's a nice Quant I communicate with, she'll tell you the same thing and it was a guest post from outside of healthcare..bonus reading at the bottom where Axciom decided to crawl out of their shell and address me on Twitter too:)

The curation of videos at the Killer Algorithm page by people smarter than me will help you figure some of this out so you don't get duped as often, happens to all of us.

Heck I put it out there for consumers and banks reading it like crazy.  Long and short you can't sit there for profit and shove a broken model down people's throast for the sake of making money as people don't work that way.

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