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Clinicians and data scientists collaborate to address real-world critical care issues and improve patient care. 

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July 13-14, 2024
SCCM Headquarters and Conference Center
Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA

Theme: Breaking Barriers, Connecting Critical Care and Data Science

  • Patient Outcomes and Risk Stratification
  • Treatment Optimization
  • Health Equity and Diversity

The Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) Datathon, from Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, is designed to synthesize critical problem solving and data analytics, promote multiprofessional collaboration, and increase data science knowledge and innovation.

No previous data science knowledge is required. Data scientist students receive complimentary registration and are eligible to receive travel support. Find more information in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Datathons are immersive learning experiences that plunge participants into the real world of data analysis. By tackling concrete critical care problems using an interactive approach, participants gain hands-on experience in understanding the problem, designing studies, exploring datasets, adapting their approach based on the data, and refining their models.

Datathons foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, bringing together professionals with diverse expertise. In a team environment, participants learn to leverage each other's strengths and perspectives, building a shared understanding of the problem and developing innovative solutions. This collaborative approach promotes multiprofessional education, preparing participants to work effectively in the increasingly complex landscape of data science and its applications.

As big data and machine learning continue to revolutionize healthcare, datathons provide vital educational opportunities for participants to improve the care of critically ill and injured patients and the world around us.


Registration is now closed.

I am a clinician.

I am a data scientist.

I am a student data scientist.

Complimentary registration. Travel support is available.

Clinician - SCCM Member
By June 8, 2024
Select Member - Physician ​$320
Select Member - Healthcare Professional ​$265
Professional Member - Physician $340
Professional Member - Healthcare Professional and Trainee* $280
Associate Member - Physician $380
Associate Member - Healthcare Professional $315

* Trainees must be members of SCCM's Sponsored Trainee Program.

Clinician - Nonmember
By July 5, 2023
Physician ​$400
Healthcare Professional ​$330
Data Scientist
By July 5, 2023
Data Scientist ​$100
Data Scientist Student (Travel Support Available) ​$0

Payment Information

  • American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards are accepted.

  • Check or international money order, payable to SCCM, may be used to register via mail only.

  • Fees must be paid in U.S. funds and checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank.

  • For information on paying via wire transfer, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

  • Inquiries can be emailed to

Cancellation Policy 

Registrants may be eligible for refunds of activities at SCCM’s discretion. If you have not accessed the activity’s materials, have not completed a significant portion of the activity, and/or the content does not meet your needs, you may be eligible for a refund. A registrant’s cancellation of an in-person activity may incur a fee, at SCCM’s discretion. To reschedule an in-person activity, please contact SCCM Customer Service at least 30 days before the activity. If SCCM cannot hold an activity as intended, SCCM shall not be liable for any costs, expenses, or fees related to cancellation of travel and attendance associated with the event.

Datathon Testimonals

Listen to past participants speak about their Datathon experience.

Hear from Marianna Leite on why she is partcipating again in 2024.

Hear from Tiago Gonçalves, explaining why the Datathon is dynamic. 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject to change.
Nurse Scientist and Clinical Nurse Specialist
Stanford Health Care
Stanford, California, USA
Omar Badawi, PharmD, MPH, FCCM
Omar Badawi, PharmD, MPH, FCCM
Chief, Data Science Division
U.S. Army Telemedicine and
Advanced Technology Research Center
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Judy Gichoya, MD, MS
Keynote Speaker
Judy Gichoya, MD, MS
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia, USA 
Benjamin L. Ranard, MD, MSHP
Benjamin L. Ranard, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, New York, USA


Subject to change.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Team Introductions 

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Overview


8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Keynote: Data-Driven Insights: Ensuring Fairness and Real-World Validation of AI in Datathons

Judy Gichoya, MD, MS

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Roles, Communication, and Contribution


9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Overview of Datasets

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Datathon Teamwork

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Datathon Teamwork

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Team Report

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Optional: Extra Datathon Teamwork

Sunday, July 14, 2024

7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast 

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Datathon Teamwork 

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. 


12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Datathon Team Presentations

Omar Badawi, PharmD, MPH, FCCM

Judging Results

Additional refreshments will be available both days at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


    • CURE ID, from SCCM's Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, is an extension of Viral Infection and Respiratory Illness Universal Study (VIRUS). VIRUS is a prospective, cross-sectional, observational study of all eligible adult and pediatric patients who are admitted to a hospital. Its goal is to crowdsource the global medical community for experiences using repurposed drugs to treat infectious diseases that have no adequate approved therapies, such as COVID-19. These data may help identify ineffective treatments or find promising treatments for further investigation. The dataset developed from CURE ID comprises de-identified data from participating U.S. sites in the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) common data model format. This is the first time the CURE ID dataset will be made available for analysis during a datathon.
  • eICU-CRD database
    • The original eICU Collaborative Research Database (eICU-CRD) is a large multicenter critical care database developed by Philips Healthcare in partnership with the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology. The eICU-CRD database contains data associated with more than 200,000 patient stays.
  • eICU-CRD v2.0 database
    • The updated eICU-CRD v2.0 database, containing data from 200,000 patients during 2020 and 2021, is a vital resource for bolstering medical and informatics training. It contains significant data from the COVID-19 pandemic. The eICU-CRD v2.0 database contains de-identified data including diagnoses, laboratory results, illness severity scores, vital signs, and pharmacy and medication orders for patients from 200 U.S. hospitals.
  • MIMIC-III dataset
    • The large Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care III (MIMIC-III) dataset comprises de-identified health data from more than 40,000 patients who were in critical care units at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center between 2001 and 2012.
  • MIMIC-IV dataset
    • MIMIC-IV is an updated, improved version of MIMIC-III that incorporates contemporary data. MIMIC-IV adopts a modular approach to data organization, highlighting data provenance and facilitating both individual and combined use of disparate data sources.
Please view the links below to ensure that the questions you submit during registration are answerable. Use of associated databases (e.g, MIMIC-CXR, MIMIC-III Waveform) is permitted but no support will be provided.

Use of unassociated databases is not permitted.

Hotel and Travel


Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove
121 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 

Unlock stylish comfort at Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove, an all-suite hotel offering the best in the Chicago area with convenient access to O’Hare International Airport. Featuring inviting guest rooms, Wi-Fi access, restaurant, lounge, pool, and fitness center. Free breakfast and transportation to and from the course are included when you book with SCCM's hotel block!

  • Free hot breakfast buffet will be available for guests at the hotel starting at 6:30 a.m.
  • SCCM will provide limited-capacity shuttle service between SCCM, the Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove, and O’Hare Airport. 
    • ​Saturday, July 13
      • Shuttle from the hotel to SCCM, departing at 7:05 a.m., 7:25 a.m., and 7:45 a.m.
      • Shuttle from SCCM to the hotel will run on a loop from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
    • Sunday, July 14
      • Shuttle from the hotel to SCCM, departing at 7:05 a.m., 7:25 a.m., and 7:45 a.m.
      • Shuttle from SCCM to the hotel will depart at 3:15 p.m.
      • Shuttle from SCCM to O'Hare Airport will depart at 3:15 p.m.

SCCM rate*: $127
*Rate does not include applicable taxes.
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Daily parking rates: Free parking

Reservations: Make your hotel reservation by June 21, 2024, to receive SCCM’s discounted rate for stays between July 13 and 14, 2024, free breakfast, and transportation to and from the course. 

Air Travel

SCCM is pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to the course. 

United Airlines
By phone: +1 800 426-1122
Discount Booking Code: ZNTD453186

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Datathon provides opportunities for sponsors to bring their marketing message and information about their products and services directly to key members of the intensive care/critical care unit team and other professionals.

Demonstrate your commitment to the future of healthcare through advances in data science. SCCM and its industry partners are invested in health equity as partners in the shared mission to improve critical care. Support for health equity initiatives is ethically imperative and necessary for building trust and credibility with patients, communities, and stakeholders.

Position your organization as a leader in critical care research innovation. Your organization's support for the event will be prominently displayed in all promotional materials, providing your organization with valuable exposure to a wide range of professionals in the field.

Connect with the brightest minds within critical care and data science. This event brings together some of the most talented and innovative data professionals, providing opportunity to develop partnerships that can help drive your organization's innovation agenda.
Multiple opportunities are available to target your company’s goals and meet your budget when you become a sponsor.

Contact Desiree Ng at +1 847 827-7188 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the datathon?

  • Critical care clinicians, researchers, data scientists, and data science students are encouraged to participate. Clinicians need not be primarily researchers. Data scientists need not work in the field of critical care. Participants will be grouped into teams to maximize collaboration and success.

Why is SCCM supporting an annual datathon?

  • Interest in data science-related content has been growing in the critical care community. While many clinicians have access to large datasets in their organizations, few have been exposed to data analytics techniques. While data scientists have the analytic techniques to process large amounts of data, few have the medical knowledge and experience necessary to identify significant research routes.

Can teams publish their findings?

  • Yes! SCCM encourages teams to continue to collaborate and ultimately publish their findings. The enthusiastic atmosphere of the datathon and the unique access to data and data science expertise often result in publication, and ongoing collaborations often arise. Although it is not possible to write a manuscript during the datathon, many teams continue their collaboration afterward and successfully publish their work in Critical Care Medicine and other peer-reviewed journals.

Are awards available for datathon participation?

  • The top three teams will have the opportunity to send a representative to present their results at the 2025 Critical Care Congress, to be held February 23-25, 2025, in Orlando, Florida, USA.

How do I apply for travel support?

  • Data scientist registrants who are students (including postdoctoral fellows) are eligible for travel support. Please have a letter of recommendation from a professor at your institution to submit during registration. The letter should be on an official institution letterhead and include your professor’s contact information and should speak to your skill set.
  • Available travel support:
    • $100 for attendees from institutions within the Chicagoland area (including Northwest Indiana)
    • $500 for attendees from institutions in the midwest, including Wisconsin, Indiana (outside northwest Indiana) Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Kentucky, South Dakota, and North Dakota
    • ​$1000 for attendees outside the midwest

Winner Recognition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Datathon!

Does Limited English Proficiency Affect Time-to-Death for Critically Ill Patients Who Expire in the Hospital?
Topic: Health Equity
Team #4
The PRONE-COVID Study: PRoning and Outcomes among different ethNicitiEs
Topic: COVID-19
Team #8
What Are the Key Factors Influencing Glucose Variability in Point-of-Care and Serum Measurements?
Topic: Patient Safety
Team #1

Three teams were selected as winners, one from each category (COVID-19, patient safety, health equity). One member from each winning team received support for registration and travel for the 2024 Critical Care Congress in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.