Temporal Pointwise Convolutional Networks for Length of Stay Prediction in the Intensive Care Unit


The pressure of ever-increasing patient demand and budget restrictions make hospital bed management a daily challenge for clinical staff. Most critical is the efficient allocation of resource-heavy Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds to the patients who need life support. Central to solving this problem is knowing for how long the current set of ICU patients are likely to stay in the unit. In this work, we propose a new deep learning model based on the combination of temporal convolution and pointwise (1x1) convolution, to solve the length of stay prediction task on the eICU and MIMIC-IV critical care datasets. The model – which we refer to as Temporal Pointwise Convolution (TPC) – is specifically designed to mitigate common challenges with Electronic Health Records, such as skewness, irregular sampling and missing data. In doing so, we have achieved significant performance benefits of 18-68% (metric and dataset dependent) over the commonly used Long-Short Term Memory (LSTM) network, and the multi-head self-attention network known as the Transformer. By adding mortality prediction as a side-task, we can improve performance further still, resulting in a mean absolute deviation of 1.55 days (eICU) and 2.28 days (MIMIC-IV) on predicting remaining length of stay.

In Machine Learning for Health at NeurIPS 2020 (also as an oral spotlight at Healthcare Systems, Population Health, and the Role of Health-Tech at ICML 2020)
Emma Rocheteau
Emma Rocheteau
ML for Healthcare PhD Student

My research interests include deep learning for patient outcome prediction, especially time series methods and graph neural networks.