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IBM Business Analytics Helps Sequoia Hospital Cut Mortality Rates in Cardiac Surgery by 50 Percent


Some very impressive (and life-altering) results: (emphasis mine)

IBM Business Analytics Helps Sequoia Hospital Cut Mortality Rates in Cardiac Surgery by 50 Percent

ARMONK, N.Y. & REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -  09 Feb 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Sequoia Hospital, based in Redwood City, Calif., has reduced its mortality rate in cardiac surgeries more than 50 percent through the use of IBM predictive analytics software by reducing risk and offering personalized patient care.

By analyzing a cardiac database of more than 10,000 patients, including demographics, types of surgeries, risk factors and outcomes, IBM predictive analytics informs doctors and recommends crucial pre- and postoperative procedures that reduce complications and extend the length and quality of patients' lives.
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Prior to its use, doctors would ask for analysis and it would take up to two weeks to get results. Today, the software provides flexibility, mobility and customized analysis allowing doctors to get results almost instantaneously. This unique type of prospective risk management and personalized approach has enabled Sequoia Hospital to earn the highest ranking over five years for mortality and complications according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, which tracks and evaluates procedures and outcomes for hospitals nationwide.


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