Armed with reams of data, a patient’s father convinced Dr. Anthony C. Chang, his daughter’s pediatric cardiologist, to proceed with her surgery.
“A data scientist, the father of one of my congenital heart defect patients, really wanted to give me more data than we typically get so he tabulated the pulse oximetry readings on his daughter and plotted it out for me and convinced me that we needed to push ahead with surgery,” Chang said. The chief intelligence and innovation officer and medical director of the Heart Failure Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), spoke Tuesday during a lecture at the University of California, Irvine, sponsored by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). “This is 2017. It’s just not acceptable to me that a parent has to go through this kind of data and analytics to help me make a decision.”