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Consultants Network - Predicting readmission among patients with heart failure

on October 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Speaker Afnan Alqahtani
Topic Info
Monday, October 8, 2018

IEEE Consultants’ Network of San Diego

Topic: Predicting readmission among patients with heart failure
Speaker: Afnan Alqahtani

Healthcare institutions across the country are striving to reduce readmissions to improve quality of care and reduce financial penalties for excess readmission. Current models perform poorly (with some of the best models having AUC less than 0.76).

We will discuss lessons learned and results of readmission models based on data from over 300 hospitals across the U.S. This involves analysis of more than 25 million patient record from each hospital’s EMR and data mining of all sensible discrete data available. Given the large data size, our analysis was conducted using Apache Spark on Amazon’s Web Services cloud computing platform. We believe that our study is one of the largest study on readmission conducted to date. We will also discuss the problem of predicting readmission among heart failure patients for which performance, as recorded in published literature, is abysmally low.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Bio:

Afnan Algahtani is a professional data scientist with master’s degree in computational and data science from Chapman University. Her undergraduate degree is in information science and technology. She has experience in building machine learning, and deep learning models as well as analyzing big data for driving business solutions.

Ms. Algahtani is currently working independently with a CHOC Children's Hospital Data Scientist Dr. Louis Ehwerhemuepha on projects involving identification of novel risk factors and prediction of serious safety events and hospital-acquired conditions in the ICU.

Location Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant - 6690 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego
Directions Location: 
6690 Mission Gorge Road. Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant is approximately 1 1/2 block North of Mission Gorge Road and Friars Road.  It is on the West side of Mission Gorge Road.  If you are traveling from the South or West you will have to go past the entrance, make a U-turn at Greenbrier and then enter the shopping center which will be the first shopping center on your right.  Please see the map at Click the little map on the web site for a bigger map.  Because of the new venue we are asking everyone to please RSVP Here

Agenda San Diego IEEE Consultants' Network Meeting Date and Time:
October 8, 2018 (Monday)
6:00 - 7:00 pm – Dinner and informal networking
7:00 - 8:30 pm – Presentation

We meet on the second Monday of every month, same time.  The format is dinner and networking from 6-7 PM and meeting from 7-8:30 PM. The presentation will start promptly at 7:00 PM. This will allow the formal portion of the meeting to be finished no later than 8:30. All are welcome to stay later for additional questions and networking.
We always welcome newcomers and old faces we haven’t seen in a while.  Emiliano’s is located at the North end of the shopping center.  The banquet room is located in the first suite of the center itself.  Look for the IEEE banners to locate the entrance to the room.  If you get lost you can go into the restaurant entrance and ask where the IEEE meeting is.

Cost No Cost - Buy your own dinner, drinks
We are asking everyone to RSVP so that we can provide the venue with an estimate of number of people.  All are welcome.   Signup two guests.   Please RSVP Here:

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