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Mental Health and Big Data: A Step in the Right Direction

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Spade – depression and anxiety

Robin Williams – severe depression

Pete Davidson – Borderline Personality Disorder

Demi Lovato – Bipolar disorder

Two gone, two battling a lifelong battle, like many Americans. With the stigma and bias surrounding the topic, the mental health community struggles to move forward. The research and treatment is at least a decade behind common chronic conditions, mainly because no one wants to talk about mental health due to the complexity and lack of understanding. 

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Hope on the Horizon: How data can showcase the bigger picture of the opioid crisis

One life gone. Now, another. By the end of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that, on average, 115 Americans will die from an opioid overdose. The cycle will repeat tomorrow and the next day as well as the next.  

What was once a chilling feeling has turned numb, leaving the public unphased by the steadily increasing body count scattered across the headlines.

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Machine Learning for Pharma using Random Forest, Part II

Introduction to Machine Learning with Random Forest (Pharma/Genetics)

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Machine Learning with CMS Public Healthcare Dataset, Part II

Introduction to CMS OpenPayments Data Analysis using Machine Learning

In the previous blog we discussed the fundamental concept of what Machine Learning is and how it can be applied in the modern world of Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare, further to this we explored CMS Open Payments, the federal program that collects information about the payments drug and device companies make to their potential clients.

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Human Activity Recognition Using Pharma Machine Learning and IoT Devices, Part II

Decision Trees

As mentioned in my previous exert, I will be delving further into the complexity of the algorithm I used in my study. Following some research into decision trees and the impact they have had on healthcare and pharma I found that their presence has been assisting across the field since the early 90’s in the form of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM). The stages detailed in this process where summarised to:

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Machine Learning with CMS Public Healthcare Dataset, Part I

Background

From the outset, the term “Machine Learning” can seem very daunting to those unfamiliar with the technicalities of what this actually means, or so it seemed to me when I was initially assigned to develop a use case for one of these algorithms during my time here at Rx Data Science.  From a quick study into the topic, Machine Learning (ML), put simply, is a branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that allows a system to automatically learn and improve itself without being explicitly instructed to, by using past and present data to predict certain outcomes [1].  The following video provides a gentle introduction into what ML is all about:

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Human Activity Recognition Using Machine Learning & iOT Devices, Part I

Introduction

Coming from a background in computer science, I was familiar with Machine Learning and its capabilities although admittedly I had never considered the impact it could have on the world of healthcare.  Subsequent to joining the team here at RxDataScience, I was tasked with implementing a decision tree, in order to detect what activity a person, in a room was undertaking using data collected via a radio frequency identification tag and sensors mounted in corners of the room.

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Machine Learning and Healthcare: Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Part I

Machine Learning and Healthcare: Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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