Data Mining Initiatives

Modern technological infrastructure, along with the capability to summarize and mine enormous amounts of data, enables the laboratory of Vitaly Herasevich, M.D., Ph.D., and Brian W. Pickering, M.B., B.Ch., to perform innovative knowledge discovery projects that would be impossible without the ability to electronically capture data.

In one such project, the laboratory is evaluating the risk of hospital-acquired infections in critically ill patients who've been admitted to a room in an intensive care unit where the room's previous occupant was a patient infected with a multiply drug-resistant organism, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococcus.