Curtis Kennedy, MD, PHD – Asst. Prof. of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children’s Hospital

Curt Kennedy is a pediatric intensivist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. His primary interest is in prediction modeling using time series analyses that characterize deteriorations preceding many cardiac arrests in critically ill patients. His secondary interest is in automated screening for and detection of potentially actionable problems and the prevention of avoidable harm in critically ill patients. His aim is to equip bedside caregivers with decision support tools that bring them meaningful information across multiple channels, making it easy to use in all cases and hard to miss in cases where stakes are high. Curt personally codes all facets of the decision support platform, including: automated data extraction from the clinical interface of the Epic EMR (an admitted hack, but a current necessity), regular expression parsing to translate quasi-formatted text into relational data, SQL import/ export routines, and the creation of multiple channels of decision support output, including web, email, pager, and SMS text messaging.