Heritage Health Prize = $3mil

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Joined: 2010-05-27

In April of this year, Heritage Provider Network put up $3 million dollars to the team that develops a predictive algorithm that can identify patients who will be admitted to a hospital within the next year, using historical claims data.


Maybe the Society can make a showing? Perhaps a problem / side competition for the data challenge folks?

A little background from the website:
More than 71 million individuals in the United States are admitted to hospitals each year, according to the latest survey from the American Hospital Association. Studies have concluded that in 2006 well over $30 billion was spent on unnecessary hospital admissions. Is there a better way? Can we identify earlier those most at risk and ensure they get the treatment they need?

The winning team will create an algorithm that predicts how many days a patient will spend in a hospital in the next year. Once known, health care providers can develop new care plans and strategies to reach patients before emergencies occur, thereby reducing the number of unnecessary hospitalizations. This will result in increasing the health of patients while decreasing the cost of care. In short, a winning solution will change health care delivery as we know it – from an emphasis on caring for the individual after they get sick to a true health care system.

The Competition runs for two years and offers a US $3 million Grand Prize, as well as six Milestone Prizes totaling $230,000, which are awarded in varying amounts at three designated intervals during the Competition.

After briefly scrolling through the website, it looks like the first milestone has passed, although the winner's papers are available.

Michael Koopmans
Oregon State University


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