Heritage Provider Network, a large multi-specialty network of group practices serving much of southern California, has launched a competition with a $3 million prize to develop a more accurate way to predict the likelihood of an individual's future hospitalization.

The industry spends more than $30 billion a year in unnecessary hospital admissions, says Richard Merkin, M.D., president and CEO of HPN. The competition is designed to spur participation by data analytics professionals. The goal is that the competition will bring innovative thinking to health analytics, he adds.

Participants in the competition, called the Health Prize, will be given a data set comprised of de-identified medical records of 100,000 HPN patients. The teams will predict the hospitalization of a set percentage of those patients who went to the hospital during the year following the start of the competition, and do so with a defined accuracy rate.

HPN includes 2,100 primary care physicians and more than 30,000 specialists. More information on the competition soon will be available at theheritagehealthprize.com.

--Joseph Goedert

 

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Health Data Management content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access