Healthcare Business Analytics Research and Development Centre

Head of the Centre: Ágnes Vathy-Fogarassy, Associate Professor

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The most important medical data sources (e.g. hospital information systems, GP information systems, registers, national financial databases) store a huge amount data about medical treatments of the whole population. However, the information contained in these databases is often unexploited, and their use is usually limited to the retrospective and prospective collection of data, to the utilization in the operational patient care processes, and production of basic statistical analysis.

The goal of our research and development center is to perform healthcare analyses, develop optimized solutions and healthcare information systems, which are based on the exploitation of the healthcare data assets. To explore the knowledge in the data, we use the most dynamically developing discipline of information technology, namely the data science and the toolkit provided by the operations research.

During our researches, we develop a number of healthcare-specific methods and algorithms that implement effective information exploration and optimization adapted to healthcare. The applied data mining, network analysis, process mining, statistics, machine learning, deep learning algorithms and related visualization techniques can effectively help doctors and researchers discover relationships and patterns that are specific to patients, health care or diseases, and to prove or reject hypotheses. Furthermore, the healthcare sector offers optimization opportunities at many points when tested by formal means. Thus, by examining healthcare processes with the help of mathematically precise integer and mixed-integer models, optimal scenarios and bottlenecks of the system can be identified, providing improving steps.

The continuous cooperation of the healthcare specialists (physician, research physician) and IT specialist (data scientist) is an important basis for our activity. During our researches, we work closely together with the specialists of different research directions, who play an important role in defining the directions of researches, validating results and designating application areas.

R&D activities:

  • IT support for personalized medical care

  • Development of intelligent medical decision support systems

Main applications and research areas:

  • Performing basic statistical analyses (calculation of population-level statistical indicators, incidence analyses, analysis of waiting and sojourn times, etc.)

  • Retrospective exploration of healthcare processes:

    • exploration of typical treatment patterns

    • identification of treatment deviations

    • certification of protocol tracking

  • Optimization of healthcare treatment processes:

    • identification of bottlenecks of medical care

    • proposal of optimized treatment processes

    • adapting graph theory framework to optimization methodologies in healthcare data under uncertainties

  • Development of optimized healthcare decision support systems

  • Complication assessment:

    • incidence analyses of complication assessment

    • identification of risk factors

    • development of scoring systems

  • Survival analysis

  • Correlation studies

  • Efficiency studies

  • Selection of control groups for retrospective case studies

Connecting projects:

  • Development of intelligent and inclusive health information and decision support framework

  • Development of intelligent cardiological process-based decision support system

Partners:

  • National Healthcare Services Centre

  • GE Healthcare

  • Asseco Central Europe Magyarország Zrt.

  • Ferenc Csolnoky Hospital

  • State Hospital for Cardiology

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