Importance-aware personalized learning for early risk prediction using static and dynamic health data

Qingxiong Tan, Mang Ye, Andy Jinhua Ma, Terry Cheuk Fung Yip, Grace Lai Hung Wong, Pong Chi YUEN*

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OBJECTIVE: Accurate risk prediction is important for evaluating early medical treatment effects and improving health care quality. Existing methods are usually designed for dynamic medical data, which require long-term observations. Meanwhile, important personalized static information is ignored due to the underlying uncertainty and unquantifiable ambiguity. It is urgent to develop an early risk prediction method that can adaptively integrate both static and dynamic health data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were from 6367 patients with Peptic Ulcer Bleeding between 2007 and 2016. This article develops a novel End-to-end Importance-Aware Personalized Deep Learning Approach (eiPDLA) to achieve accurate early clinical risk prediction. Specifically, eiPDLA introduces a long short-term memory with temporal attention to learn sequential dependencies from time-stamped records and simultaneously incorporating a residual network with correlation attention to capture their influencing relationship with static medical data. Furthermore, a new multi-residual multi-scale network with the importance-aware mechanism is designed to adaptively fuse the learned multisource features, automatically assigning larger weights to important features while weakening the influence of less important features. RESULTS: Extensive experimental results on a real-world dataset illustrate that our method significantly outperforms the state-of-the-arts for early risk prediction under various settings (eg, achieving an AUC score of 0.944 at 1 year ahead of risk prediction). Case studies indicate that the achieved prediction results are highly interpretable. CONCLUSION: These results reflect the importance of combining static and dynamic health data, mining their influencing relationship, and incorporating the importance-aware mechanism to automatically identify important features. The achieved accurate early risk prediction results save precious time for doctors to timely design effective treatments and improve clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713-726
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA
Issue number4
Early online date26 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Health Informatics

User-Defined Keywords

  • deep learning
  • early prediction of clinical risk
  • importance-aware mechanism
  • learnable feature fusion
  • personalized medicine


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