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Modeling or programming?
A Medai.com article, “Why is Predictive Modeling Essential to Healthcare?” offers this quote:
“…the algorithms of predictive modeling can analyze hundreds of data points to make a diagnosis or a prediction of risk.”
This is the new thing in American medicine, and everyone is climbing onboard. The idea is to combine diverse sets of data, to diagnose a patient—and also predict what illnesses will strike designated sectors of the population by identifying what social, economic, gender, and behavioral groups they belong to.
Originally developed for congestive heart failure, the system has been expanded to incorporate other diseases, including diabetes, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia. The program has reduced readmissions and costs for congestive heart failure patients; preliminary, unpublished data suggest similar trends among patients with the other targeted conditions.