London Critical Data is now in its 4th year and this weekend long (3rd - 4th December 2016) event brings together clinicians, data scientists and innovators in healthcare to address current problems in intensive care. The datathon focuses on the Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) III database – a large database of over 60,000 patients which contains rich information about those admitted to the intensive care unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, USA. Using the MIMIC-III critical care database, participants will form teams to work together on publishable research studies. The increasing wealth of patient data available through electronic health records has created a surge in research funding and industry interest in health data analytics. Challenges in extracting knowledge from health record databases, however, are significant.
The event will strengthen cross-disciplinary collaboration around secondary analysis of electronic health record data, helping to pave the way for reliable knowledge to be translated into action, for the benefit of patients. This year we will be running the event as a pre-conference course of the Intensive Care Society State of the Art annual meeting. Previous years have been a fantastic success with attendees gaining valuable skills, forming collaborative groups and projects ending in publication. We have described our previous events in a recent report in Science Translational Medicine.