When research scientists at Kaiser Permanente began a decade ago to track data on patients from their neonatal intensive care units, they had a rather simple objective: that all the children in their care would come to their annual reunions alive and healthy. 

Over the course time, the research scientists expanded their efforts, monitoring a wide array of health issues — including cases of infant sepsis — and came up with a new treatment weapon:  big data. After years of pulling together mounds of data, the healthcare consortium today draws information from across its data stores to accurately predict the potential for early-onset of the potentially deadly infection in newborns.

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