Data and Text Mining the Electronic Medical Record to Improve Care and to Lower Costs


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Source: SAS Institute
Date: January 2008
Type: White Paper
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Overview: The introduction of the electronic medical record allows for the examination of cost and quality in healthcare. Large numbers of patient records can now be examined in a hospital or private practice setting, and patients can be tracked longitudinally through the healthcare system. In the past, data mining techniques have rarely been used to examine the totality of patient records; matched cohorts have been preferred to examine specific hypotheses. This paper will examine physician decision-making to determine whether there is a general consensus as to the treatment of patients in the Emergency Department.

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