Terri Steinberg, M.D., chief health information officer and vice president of population health informatics at Wilmington, Delaware-based Christiana Care Health System, had a novel idea about three years ago: using predictive analytics to identify at-risk patients with ischemic heart disease.  

Steinberg told the opening session of Health Data Management’s Healthcare Analytics Symposium in Chicago on Monday that medicine unfortunately follows a “cookbook” approach to heart failure in which clinicians “do the same things for everybody.” What’s needed is to leverage population health management through the use of data algorithms to “identify individuals who need more care, who need less care, and to deliver it,” she added, which is particularly difficult when tracking large patient populations.

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