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DataScience SG Meetup - Analytics in Healthcare

This month's theme is the application of analytics in healthcare! We have Allen Day (Principal Data Scientist at MapR) and Wu Dan (team lead, Healthcare Analytics Unit at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital) to lead our discussion!

Feel free to post any questions for our speakers at:

Cost: Free Event.


2pm: Welcome by Kai Xin (Co-founder, Data Science SG)

2.15pm: Talk by Wu Dan

Taking its first steps in the early days of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, the Healthcare Analytics Unit at Alexandra Health System, Singapore, has been continuing to grow along with the healthcare group. This presentation will tell the story of how the Analytics Unit was conceived and has continued to grow in size, capabilities and scope as it applies data science to many areas, both within the hospital as well as for the community. This story will be illustrated through case studies, ranging from planning and resource optimization to improving service delivery, and the many lessons learned along the way.

2.45pm: Talk by Allen Day

Medicine is undergoing a renaissance that is made possible by analyzing and creating insights from this huge and growing number of genomes. Personalized medicine is simply the practical application of these insights.

In this session, I will show how ETL and MapReduce can be applied in a clinical setting. I will also show how NoSQL and advanced analytics can be used to "reverse engineer" the genetic causes of disease. Such information can be used to predict and prevent individual suffering, as well as to increase the overall health of a society.

3.30pm: Networking & end of Event

-Please note that refreshments will NOT be provided.

Allen Day (Linkedin Profile)

Allen is the Principal Data Scientist at MapR Technologies, where he leads interdisciplinary teams to deliver results in fast-paced, high-pressure environments across several industry verticals. Previously, Allen founded TinyTube Networks which provided the first mobile video discovery and transcoding proxy service, and Ion Flux which provided a medical-grade, cloud-based human genome sequencing service. Allen holds a PhD in Human Genetics from the School of Medicine at UCLA. His dissertation project was to create the largest public data warehouse for gene expression data.

Wu Dan (Linkedin Profile)

Wu Dan currently heads the Healthcare Analytics Unit at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), Alexandra Health System, Singapore. At national level, he serves as a part-time professional with the Policy Research and Economics Office at Ministry of Health. Working with a team of data scientists, Dan oversees projects in predictive analytics and operations research that generate actionable insights to enable better patient care

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  • Clement T.

    Any slides from Wu Dan?

    October 31, 2014

  • Arun

    Hi is anyone here familiar with Natural Language Processing for identification of medical records and is currently doing some work around it? Do message me. Thanks

    October 24, 2014

  • Martin A.

    How about this for the Hand Sanitation problem?

    September 9, 2014

  • Praveen B.

    it was a pleasant surprise to know how data science can be used in hospitals and healthcare, thanks for the talk. Looking forward for the future sessions

    June 29, 2014

  • Richard K.

    My first meetup and I enjoyed it. Good speaker, interesting topic.

    June 29, 2014

  • Elisa

    Another great session! Great speakers which taught me a lot today! Thanks!

    1 · June 28, 2014

  • Richa A.

    Great Talk Wu Dan. I would not want to miss any of the future meetups. This is an excellent initiative on your and your team's part.

    June 28, 2014

  • James T.


    June 28, 2014

  • Thia Kai X.

    For those who are on waiting list, feel free to drop by, just be prepared to sit on floor / stand at back =)

    2 · June 27, 2014

    • Max W.

      I'm in KL and just reversed my RSVP to free a spot

      June 27, 2014

  • Richa A.

    Looking forward to the meetup on Saturday. I do have an unrelated question. Can I bring my own refreshment? Is that allowed? First time to this meetup, thought I'd ask.

    June 26, 2014

    • Thia Kai X.

      Sure. It is still an university though, so better not bring in alcoholic drinks

      1 · June 26, 2014

  • Cate L.

    To add to the challenge of unstructured data in healthcare, some healthcare organizations in Singapore & many across South East Asia still use and rely upon manual records. The oft cited reasons for not going down the path of digitization are the cost of investment and the pain of digitizing current manual records. Even if you've gone down the path of digitization, you might be hampered by the lack of integration between clinic/patient management systems and imaging systems. The next time, you visit your neighbourhood doctor or dentist - have a look at what they are using.

    June 25, 2014

    • Sudhanshu A.

      At this point I think this article will be relevant:­

      ""NHS is the world’s best healthcare system” was a headline last week in The Guardian newspaper. However, six paragraphs in, the authors observed: “The only serious black mark against the NHS was its poor record on keeping people alive.” Further investigation was clearly required."

      1 · June 26, 2014

    • Richa A.

      To my understanding, European Hospitals are much ahead in terms of using EHR as opposed to those elsewhere. However, at the end of it all, medical profession is a human intensive profession. Can a good EHR system attempt to reduce those errors? Sure. Can it think for the doctor and do the diagnosis for the doctors? Probably No. And patient care is also the result of hospital procedures, policies and resources. I think it would be too much to expect from an EHR system to lead to effective healing without retraining the staff or 'unlearning' some of the past...

      1 · June 26, 2014

  • Richa A.

    Agreed. in most parts of the world, digitization itself is a challenge. Even for the practices using some sort of computer system, the data is not as portable, manageable and analytics worthy as it should be.

    June 26, 2014

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