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

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


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.

Keywords: Big data; Clinical Informatics; Electronic Health Records; Predictive analytics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical*
  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Risk Assessment
  • United States