Consensus Statement on Electronic Health Predictive Analytics: A Guiding Framework image

eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 2016, Vol. 4, Issue 1
I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.


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Context: The recent explosion in available electronic health record (EHR) data is motivating a rapid expansion of electronic health care predictive analytic (e-HPA) applications, defined as the use of electronic algorithms that forecast clinical events in real time with the intent to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. There is an urgent need for a systematic framework to guide the development and application of e-HPA to ensure that the field develops in a scientifically sound, ethical, and efficient manner.

Objectives: Building upon earlier frameworks of model development and utilization,we identify the emerging opportunities and challenges of e-HPA, propose a framework that enables us to realize these opportunities, address these challenges, and motivate e-HPA stakeholders to both adopt and continuously refine the framework as the applications of e-HPA emerge.

Methods: To achieve these objectives, 17 experts with diverse expertise including methodology, ethics, legal, regulation, and health care delivery systems were assembled to identify emerging opportunities and challenges of e-HPA and to propose a framework to guide the development and application of e-HPA.

Findings: The framework proposed by the panel includes three key domains where e-HPA differs qualitatively from earlier generations of models and algorithms (Data Barriers, Transparency, and Ethics) and areas where current frameworks are insufficient to address the emerging opportunities and challenges of e-HPA (Regulation and Certification; and Education and Training). The following list of recommendations summarizes the key points of the framework:

  • Data Barriers: Establish mechanisms within the scientific community to support data sharing for predictive model development and testing.
  • Transparency: Set standards around e-HPA validation based on principles of scientific transparency and reproducibility.
  • Ethics: Develop both individual-centered and society-centered risk-benefit approaches to evaluate e-HPA.
  • Regulation and Certification: Construct a self-regulation and certification framework within e-HPA.
  • Education and Training: Make significant changes to medical, nursing, and paraprofessional curricula by including training for understanding, evaluating, and utilizing predictive models.
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