Category Archives: Healthcare

On Repeated Medical “testing”

I’ve blogged about this before, but I wanted to revisit because FiveThirtyEight, whom I love and adore, just posted about it again, in light of the recent Theranos problems. My last blog post was long, so let me simplify my … Continue reading

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When the “Quantified Self” meets Medical Reality

So, there was a bit of a twitter row a few weeks ago when Mark Cuban and a number of healthcare people got in a debate about the frequency of lab testing.  Mark posted a tweet that started, according to … Continue reading

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Adding a quick lunar calendar to the data mart

I ran across an article at Popular Science citing research that correlated Heart Surgery outcomes to the Lunar Calendar. That’s right… the claim is that you are more likely to survive and to spend less time in the hospital recovering … Continue reading

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R Slopegraphs and the HHP Leaderboard

I’m still working on my visualization-fu, so when the Heritage Health Prize finally got announced, the final scores provided a simple source of data that I wanted to investigate. I’ve written about the HHP before.  After spending three years with the competition, … Continue reading

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Quick Python for ICD-10 XML Parsing

ICD-10 coding is a hot topic in medical data circles this year.  The short version is that, when you visit a doctor, they have a standard set of codes for both the Diagnoses and the Procedures relevant to your visit. … Continue reading

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