Data Analytics May Keep Cancer Patients out of Emergency Departments

From Specialty Pharmacy Times:

A novel formula can predict 1 out of 3 emergency department (ED) visits, allowing physicians to take action before a patient with cancer requires admittance.

Physicians and data miners from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are working to harness big data with a specific focus on patients with lung cancer.

Investigators hope to develop a formula that predicts when a patient is likely to end up in the ED by flagging recent lab tests, radiology visits, or patient-reported symptoms.

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