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Event Date: 

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:00pmAssistant Professor, BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine, UW SMPH

Event Location: 

1335 Health Sciences Learning Center

Contact Info: 

Rosalind Bendix-Lewis, (608) 265-0516

PHS Monday Seminar- Brian Patterson, MD, MPH: "Machine Learning for Fall Risk Screening after Emergency Visits for Older Adults"


Falls among older adults are a major source of morbidity and mortality. Unscheduled ED visits offer an opportunity to identify older adults at higher risk of falls than the general primary care population at a time when fall risk factors can be modified, and thus offer an ideal additional setting for fall screening beyond primary care. Such screening is advocated in the ED, but screening interventions often fail due to time constraints of providers in the emergency setting. As electronic health record (EHR) systems evolve, data already collected about patients at the time of their ED visit offers the potential to support fall screening with less provider burden than adding additional scripted questions or screening tools to existing workflows. I will be discussing our experience developing a machine learning approach to risk-stratifying older adults for fall risk after an ED visit based on EHR data.

Supplemental Materials: 
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