Philips, MIT collaborate on ICU data sharing

Royal Philips and MIT announced an initiative that will allow healthcare researchers to access data on more than 100,000 patients, which has been collected by Phillips through its Hospital to Home eICU telehealth program. For researches, data sets are often limited to insurance claims data, which offers a summary of patient’s stay at a hospitals. […]

Royal Philips and MIT announced an initiative that will allow healthcare researchers to access data on more than 100,000 patients, which has been collected by Phillips through its Hospital to Home eICU telehealth program.

For researches, data sets are often limited to insurance claims data, which offers a summary of patient’s stay at a hospitals. The Philips effort, officials said, will add a more comprehensive look at ICU patients and will include clinical information like vital signs, pharmacy medication orders, lab results, diagnoses and severity of illness scores.

The data from Philips accounts for 10 percent of all adult ICU patients in the U.S., according to the Dutch company.

The data will be available to researchers via PhysioNet before the end of this year. PhysioNet offers free web access to large collections of physiologic signals and related open-source software.

“Researchers are always looking for better, more accurate and comprehensive data that enables a holistic representation of the patient experience,” Leo Anthony Celi of MIT said in a statement. “The quality and resolution of the data Philips has been collecting in the critical care domain is unprecedented. This kind of access will provide researchers with data that will enable investigations otherwise unimaginable.”