How Data Is Augmenting Physician Diagnoses [Future Of Health]

How Data Is Augmenting Physician Diagnoses [Future Of Health]

Sophisticated analytics tools are helping doctors determine the best treatment plans for their patients, while reducing overall costs.

  • 11 march 2014

Data gathering is being used to analyze and improve most aspects of our lives, even healthcare. While it may seem like an impossibility now, the next time you pay a visit to the doctor’s office, they might be able to tell a good deal about how well you’re feeling, before you even step foot into the office.

In the latest Future of Health report from PSFK Labs’, we have uncovered a trend we’ve called Data-Driven Treatment Plans, whereby hospitals and physicians are leveraging results culled by sophisticated analytics systems to help determine the most effective diagnosis and treatment options for their patients. These platforms are able to consider a wider range of criteria from aggregated success rates to individual medical history, helping augment doctors’ decision-making abilities as they optimize the overall cost of healthcare, and may one day even be able to predict diseases before they strike. Read below to see how this trend is manifesting within the medical community.

sage bionetworks

Sage Bionetworks is a medical research institute that collects genomic data from patients who can donate them through an online platform, called Synapse, and then shares the data with healthcare providers for further research and treatment recommendations. The patient-facing component is called BRIDGE, where patients can login to the site and donate their data and track its use through the Synapse system. The platform is free to use for scientists, offering them opportunity to access to ongoing research studies, contribute their own research data, review analysis, and share expertise. Research groups can analyze and can collaborate together directly from the data, rather than making inferences based on existing research. Synapse can also integrate into researchers’ API tools if they have pre-existing data that they want to open up to colleagues or other specialists.  Patients can also receive information from researchers and doctors on the latest developments in their conditions.

frame health

In another example, Frame Health is a personality assessment platform that connects psychographic profiles to healthcare providers in order to better understand patients ensure that they follow treatment recommendations. Patients begin by entering into a six-minute session where the software assesses key psychological triggers that could assist healthcare providers in prescribing treatment. Based on the already existing behavioral habits of each patient and by tapping into the world’s largest psychographic database, Frame Health has been able to craft patient profiles that best match up with specific treatment programs. With over 75% of all health care expenditure originating from patients with one or more chronic conditions, ensuring treatment adherence could greatly reduce the cost of treatment lapses.

Giving his patient all the information she needs

Finally, Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have built a recommendation engine for doctors to use as they craft disease prevention and well-being plans for their patients. The aptly named Collaborative Assessment and Recommendation Engine (CARE) uses collaborative filtering to find analogous patient cases and identifies treatments plans that may work for similar patients. Doctors can input a patient’s information and are provided be prompts with questions that may have been overlooked, possible tests for early detection of conditions, as well as compatible treatment plans. By collecting a range of information about patient communities doctors are able to review a broader sample of possible diagnoses and share this information with patients. The hope for this program is to bring down the costs of health care through lowering admissions and creating more patient centered outcomes that result in healthier lifestyles.

With the help of our partner Boehringer Ingelheim, PSFK Labs has released the latest Future of Health Report, which highlights the four major themes and 13 emerging trends shaping the evolving global landscape of healthcare. To see more insights and thoughts on the Future of Health visit the PSFK page.

Contributed by Andrew Vaterlaus-Staby

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