Carnegie Mellon University
The successful application of data mining in highly visible fields like e-business, marketing
and retail have led to the popularity of its use in knowledge discovery in databases (KDD) in
other industries and sectors. Among these sectors that are just discovering data mining are the
fields of medicine and public health.
This research paper provides a survey of current techniques of KDD, using data mining tools
for healthcare and public health. It also discusses critical issues and challenges associated
with data mining and healthcare in general.
The research found a growing number of data mining applications, including analysis of
health care centers for better health policy-making, detection of disease outbreaks and preventable
hospital deaths, and detection of fraudulent insurance claims.
The objectives of this paper are the following:
1. To enumerate current uses and highlight the importance of data mining in medicine and
2. To find data mining techniques used in other fields that may also be applied in the
3. To identify issues and challenges in data mining as applied to the medical practise.
4. To outline some recommendations for discovering knowledge in electronic databases
through data mining.