Children’s Medical Center and a New Asthma Initiative

A blog on the Dallas section of BizJournals recently covered a new collaboration between Children’s Medical Center and a non-profit research and development firm called PCCI.

The collaboration includes two major projects which aim to develop predictive modeling and networking technologies to alleviate health concerns in children. The first project deals specifically with chronic asthma. One of the most difficult factor to assess in healthcare is risk. Thus, striving to better understand risk factors in children with chronic asthma could significantly reduce future health problems.

Children’s Medical Center is partnering with nonprofit research and development firm PCCI on two new projects that use predictive modeling and networking technologies to keep children healthier.

The first project focuses on helping children with chronic asthma, which is the third-leading cause of pediatric hospital re-admissions nationally and a significant cause of admissions and re-admissions at Children’s Medical Center.

Dallas-based PCCI, a non-profit affiliate of Parkland formerly called Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, is building predictive, analytic models to help identify children with risk factors indicating a high likelihood for asthma. I wrote about PCCI’s work in April and about a similar collaboration between PCCI and Arlington-based Texas Health Resources in May.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases afflicting the young, affecting more than 50,000 children in Dallas County alone, said Summer Collins, Children’s Medical Center vice president of population health data strategies. It’s a leading reason for school absenteeism, yet it’s a health problem that can be significantly reduced by improving treatment and awareness of environmental triggers, she said.

“Asthma is a high priority at Children’s and is something that we are excited to be working with PCCI on,” Collins said.

Predictive modeling can be used to comb through information within the electronic medical record and identify asthmatic children with higher risk factors, allowing health care and social services providers to proactively address treatments and triggers, Dr. Anand Shah, vice president of clinical services for PCCI, told me in an interview.

Check out the blog post here:

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