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Predictive modeling of structured electronic health records for adverse drug event detection
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
2015 (engelsk)Inngår i: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, ISSN 1472-6947, E-ISSN 1472-6947, Vol. 15, nr SIArtikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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Background: The digitization of healthcare data, resulting from the increasingly widespread adoption of electronic health records, has greatly facilitated its analysis by computational methods and thereby enabled large-scale secondary use thereof. This can be exploited to support public health activities such as pharmacovigilance, wherein the safety of drugs is monitored to inform regulatory decisions about sustained use. To that end, electronic health records have emerged as a potentially valuable data source, providing access to longitudinal observations of patient treatment and drug use. A nascent line of research concerns predictive modeling of healthcare data for the automatic detection of adverse drug events, which presents its own set of challenges: it is not yet clear how to represent the heterogeneous data types in a manner conducive to learning high-performing machine learning models. Methods: Datasets from an electronic health record database are used for learning predictive models with the purpose of detecting adverse drug events. The use and representation of two data types, as well as their combination, are studied: clinical codes, describing prescribed drugs and assigned diagnoses, and measurements. Feature selection is conducted on the various types of data to reduce dimensionality and sparsity, while allowing for an in-depth feature analysis of the usefulness of each data type and representation. Results: Within each data type, combining multiple representations yields better predictive performance compared to using any single representation. The use of clinical codes for adverse drug event detection significantly outperforms the use of measurements; however, there is no significant difference over datasets between using only clinical codes and their combination with measurements. For certain adverse drug events, the combination does, however, outperform using only clinical codes. Feature selection leads to increased predictive performance for both data types, in isolation and combined. Conclusions: We have demonstrated how machine learning can be applied to electronic health records for the purpose of detecting adverse drug events and proposed solutions to some of the challenges this presents, including how to represent the various data types. Overall, clinical codes are more useful than measurements and, in specific cases, it is beneficial to combine the two.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
2015. Vol. 15, nr SI
Emneord [en]
pharmacovigilance, adverse drug events, electronic health records, machine learning, random forest, feature selection
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
data- och systemvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123965DOI: 10.1186/1472-6947-15-S4-S1ISI: 000367480700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-123965DiVA: diva2:878609
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IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM), Belfast, North Ireland, November 02-05, 2015
Tilgjengelig fra: 2015-12-09 Laget: 2015-12-09 Sist oppdatert: 2017-01-30bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Learning Predictive Models from Electronic Health Records
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2017 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

The ongoing digitization of healthcare, which has been much accelerated by the widespread adoption of electronic health records, generates unprecedented amounts of clinical data in a readily computable form. This, in turn, affords great opportunities for making meaningful secondary use of clinical data in the endeavor to improve healthcare, as well as to support epidemiology and medical research. To that end, there is a need for techniques capable of effectively and efficiently analyzing large amounts of clinical data. While machine learning provides the necessary tools, learning effective predictive models from electronic health records comes with many challenges due to the complexity of the data. Electronic health records contain heterogeneous and longitudinal data that jointly provides a rich perspective of patient trajectories in the healthcare process. The diverse characteristics of the data need to be properly accounted for when learning predictive models from clinical data. However, how best to represent healthcare data for predictive modeling has been insufficiently studied. This thesis addresses several of the technical challenges involved in learning effective predictive models from electronic health records.

Methods are developed to address the challenges of (i) representing heterogeneous types of data, (ii) leveraging the concept hierarchy of clinical codes, and (iii) modeling the temporality of clinical events. The proposed methods are evaluated empirically in the context of detecting adverse drug events in electronic health records. Various representations of each type of data that account for its unique characteristics are investigated and it is shown that combining multiple representations yields improved predictive performance. It is also demonstrated how the information embedded in the concept hierarchy of clinical codes can be exploited, both for creating enriched feature spaces and for decomposing the predictive task. Moreover, incorporating temporal information leads to more effective predictive models by distinguishing between event occurrences in the patient history. Both single-point representations, using pre-assigned or learned temporal weights, and multivariate time series representations are shown to be more informative than representations in which temporality is ignored. Effective methods for representing heterogeneous and longitudinal data are key for enhancing and truly enabling meaningful secondary use of electronic health records through large-scale analysis of clinical data.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2017. 82 s.
Serie
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 17-001
Emneord
Data Science, Machine Learning, Predictive Modeling, Data Representation, Health Informatics, Electronic Health Records
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
data- och systemvetenskap
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137936 (URN)978-91-7649-682-4 (ISBN)978-91-7649-683-1 (ISBN)
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2017-03-02, Lilla hörsalen, NOD-huset, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, Kista, 13:00 (engelsk)
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-02-07 Laget: 2017-01-13 Sist oppdatert: 2017-02-08bibliografisk kontrollert

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