Healthcare Predictive Analytics Gains Spotlight through Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Initiative

Jun 10, 2013, 06:30 ET from PCCI

DALLAS, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded a grant to the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) to form a collaboration of internationally renowned informaticists, health services researchers, statisticians, and legal and ethical experts who will identify how the use of real-time healthcare predictive analytics can make the greatest positive impact on patient outcomes and costs. The experts will initially meet in Washington DC.


"Healthcare must be redesigned to integrate multiple elements—information technology and decision support, medical technology, interprofessional team-based care, practices that are based on evidence, systems engineering and continual learning," say George Bo-Linn, Chief Program Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Patient Care Program. "Predictive analytics is a key component of this integrated design."

Gabriel Escobar, MD, a senior research director at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, will co-lead the Washington DC session with Ruben Amarasingham, MD, founder and CEO of PCCI. "Use of predictive analytics in routine clinical care holds great promise," says Dr. Escobar. "It could lead clinicians and health systems to zero in on discrete subsets of patients, dramatically reducing resource consumption while simultaneously improving patient outcomes. But many challenges remain before this promise is achieved."  

The Moore funded collaboration seeks to open up a pathway for the future of healthcare, which is decades behind other industries in its use of predictive analytics. The experts will center their collaboration on ways to 1) improve model transparency and validation; 2) break down the digital divide that keeps safety-net systems from reaping the benefits of often costly decision support technologies; 3) tap into new data sources that can bring great insight into a patient's health; and 4) consider the legal and ethical frameworks needed for the field. 

"We have high ambitions for this collaboration. The major goal is to develop a framework and call to action that could help unleash the field of predictive analytics broadly in American healthcare," says Dr. Amarasingham. "It is an honor to be part of this clarion event."

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is committed to making a meaningful difference in environmental conservation, patient care and scientific research. Intel co-founder Gordon, and his wife Betty, established the foundation in 2000 to create a positive, lasting impact around the world and at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Patient Care Program focuses on eliminating all preventable harm by redesigning healthcare and engaging patients and families. Visit us at or follow @MoorePatient.

About PCCI
PCCI is a non-profit research and development corporation in Dallas, TX that specializes in real-time predictive and surveillance analytics for healthcare. Our software interprets EMR data in real-time, transforming them into useful intervention warning tools that advise physicians and hospitals on complex clinical decisions in every field of medicine. Our vision is to help transform the delivery of healthcare by developing cutting edge software and analytic methods to improve the quality and safety of care at the individual and population methods. Visit us at or follow @pccipieces.

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