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Project tries to tame flood of hospital ICU data

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By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Doctors in Atlanta are experimenting with computer software to manage floods of hospital patient data and perhaps one day head off strokes and heart attacks.

Emory University Hospital is using new computer software to synthesize treatment and vital signs data from intensive care unit patients.

The idea is to get a clearer picture of their health and even predict conditions that could lead to heart attacks or strokes. But researchers are years away from proving that it completely works.

The Emory project started in 2010, and the IBM software was installed about nine months ago. It has involved about $250,000 and a few personnel, focused on heart and lung data.

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