Leo Anthony Celi

8:25 ­- 9:10: Opening Keynote (45 min)

Data-Driven Healthcare

The widespread adoption of electronic medical records has created new opportunities for clinical investigation using big data techniques. The potential for nuanced investigation across a full range of clinical questions is tremendous, contingent on the investment hospitals and health systems can make in big data infrastructure. Secondary analysis of electronic health records will enable the use of real patient data to assist clinical decision-making, with the goal of eventually providing near-real time support for bedside encounters. Clinicians and patients will derive value from data-driven decision making, while hospitals and health systems may see returns in quality, patient safety, and satisfaction. For big data analytics to achieve their potential in clinical medicine, issues of data structure, analytics staffing, funding, and data security will have to be addressed, but the future is bright and fertile for the application of big data to medical care.



Speaker Bio
Leo Anthony Celi (MIMIC Project Lead) - Leo Anthony Celi has practiced medicine in three continents, giving him broad perspectives in healthcare delivery. He founded and co-directs Sana, a cross-disciplinary organization based at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, whose objective is to leverage information technology to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. He also holds a faculty position at Harvard Medical School as an intensive care specialist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is the clinical research director for the Laboratory of Computational Physiology (LCP) at MIT. Over the past decade, LCP and Philips have partnered with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), with support from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioinformatics, to build and maintain the Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) database. This public-access database, which now holds clinical data from over 60,000 stays in BIDMC intensive care units, has been meticulously de-identified and is freely shared online with the research community via PhysioNet. It is an unparalleled research resource; over 2500 researchers from more than 32 countries have free access to the clinical data under data use agreements. Leo is one of the course directors for HST.936 at MIT – global health informatics to improve quality of care, and HST.953 – secondary analysis of electronic health records. Finally, he was featured as a designer in the Smithsonian Museum National Design Triennial “Why Design Now?” held at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City in 2010 for his work in global health informatics.


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