Data Science For Cheaper Medicines

By: Natalia VelezNovember 23, 2015 — Sundeep Pattem conducts data analysis to find ways to improve the American healthcare system. (Illustration: Suha Park) How many brand-name psychotherapeutic drugs are being prescribed in the U.S versus their generic forms? Data analysis could play an important role in answering this and other questions that could help policy makers improve the American healthcare system. USC Viterbi alumnus Sundeep Pattem has taken an initial step in this direction by studying publicly available healthcare data to determine where there are opportunities for the government to reduce costs. His latest research looks specifically at Medicare’s drug prescription data for 2013, which, he said, accounted for $103 billion. By studying how many times a drug was prescribed, how much each prescription costs and considering state-wise comparisons by…

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