MathCS Seminar

Title: A Decision Support System For Heparin Dosing
Defense: Masters
Speaker: Romgmei Lin of Emory University
Contact: Rongmei Lin,
Date: 2017-12-15 at 2:00PM
Venue: E408
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Medication dosing is a comprehensive problem with uncertainties. Every patient has unique condition, meanwhile some drugs have narrow therapeutic windows. Mis-dosing might result in preventable adverse event. Therefore, a robust decision support system would be helpful to clinicians by providing advisable dosing suggestions. Heparin is one of the sensitive drugs. In order to build up the decision support system for heparin patients, we present a clinician in the loop framework with deep reinforcement learning algorithm. There are two main objectives in this thesis, the first one is providing individualized dosing suggestion based on the multi-dimensional features of patients. The second one is evaluating the dosing predicted by our decision support system. We implemented several experiments to achieve these objectives. The data used in the experiments including simulated data, MIMIC-II intensive care unit data and Emory hospital intensive care unit data. There are two important processes with respect to our objectives. In the training process, the decision support system learned from the dosing executed by clinicians and the corresponding response of patients. In the evaluating process, we explored the results from several aspects and focused on the causality between variables and outcomes. The experimental results suggested that given the states of patients, our medication dosing support system is able to provide a reasonable recommendation

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