On May 24th 1999, the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre will organize a seminar at Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, on the subject of data mining or how to extract value from clinical data. The seminar will bring together representatives from the National Health Service (NHS) as well as computing experts in order to offer an insight into the potential of clinical data.
Is there no remedy for the seasonal congestion of hospital beds? Doesn't there exist some way to more efficiently plan to treat a larger number of patients and to spread the workload of clinicians more evenly? If hospital staff were able to increase the average bed occupation throughout the whole year by merely one single percent, this would surely result in substantial savings in hospital running costs and simultaneously improve overall patient care.
The Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre therefore believes in the solution of data mining. This technique already has been applied by a wide variety of financial and commercial businesses and has helped companies to improve their business processes. To date, the National Health Service has gathered a mountain of useful information relating to its activity and clinical data. The big challenge is to make sense of the data.
Data mining techniques provide the required tools to manage the data, as to extract the information needed to make informed decisions, which are based on the history and experience of the National Health Service. In conjunction with Queen Margaret Hospital, the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre is planning to take a closer look at the kind of data already currently available to hospitals.
The aim of the workshop on May 24th is to investigate how this information can be adapted and utilized to improve the health service. To register, you can contact Daniela Bolle at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre - phone: +44-131-650-7282 -, or use the on-line form.