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Create pragmatic, data-driven models applicable to the care of critically ill patients.
2023 Theme: Data Science in Critical Care
2023 Subtheme: COVID-19 and Health Equity
What is a datathon?
A datathon is a collaborative event in which science and data science techniques are combined to address real-world problems using existing datasets. In this datathon, de-identified critical care electronic health record (EHR) datasets will be used to create pragmatic data-driven models applicable to the care of critically ill patients. The goal of this datathon is to identify projects that have the potential to lead to publication and eventually to improve the care of critically ill patients.
Which databases are being used in this datathon?
What is the workflow like in a datathon?
The datathon occurs over a period of two days, with the following approximate agenda.
Subject matter experts will help guide the teams in accomplishing each step. The complexity of the process will increase if data from two or more databases are combined.
Who can participate in the datathon?
Critical care clinicians, researchers, and data scientists are encouraged to participate. Clinicians need not be primarily researchers. Data scientists need not work in the field of critical care. Participants will be separated into teams comprising a mix of participants to maximize collaboration and success.
Why is SCCM supporting an annual datathon?
Machine learning algorithms using EHR data play an increasingly important role in healthcare to provide predictive models for prognosis, quality, and patient safety. Interest in data science-related content has recently been growing in the critical care community. While many clinicians have access to large datasets in their organizations, few have been exposed to data analytics techniques. While data scientists have the analytic techniques to process large amounts of data, few have the medical knowledge and experience to identify significant routes of research. The datathon is a demonstration of the multiprofessional approach required to successfully analyze large datasets.
Can teams publish their findings?
The enthusiastic atmosphere of the datathon and the unique access to data and data science expertise often result in publication, and ongoing collaborations often arise. Although it is not possible to write a manuscript during the datathon, many teams continue their collaboration afterward and successfully publish their work in Critical Care Medicine and other peer-reviewed journals.
Are awards available for datathon participation?
The top three teams will have the opportunity to send a representative to present their results at the 2024 Critical Care Congress, to be held January 21-24, 2024, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.