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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WSJ: For Hospitals, a Lot of Information Goes a Long Way

Unfortunately, now-a-days it is becoming pretty commonplace for hospitals to rush to develop ways to determine whether or not people will potentially develop diabetes, heart disease or other looming critical conditions. 

Interestingly enough, the true need for the development of complex algorithms which would pre-determine the patient's medical future is indeed on the rise. Such predictions would serve to learn more about the patient's behaviors, consumer and financial information for instance. In fact, upon further progress into learning how people live -- from personal interests to income levels -- much can be learned by doctors about how to intervene for patients and potentially assist patients to improve their medical outcomes. 

In fact, "So much of what determines a person's health and well-being is independent of medical care," says Rishi Sikka, senior vice president of clinical operations for a 12-hospital Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, Ill.

There is even research to indicate that the confidence level of patient's to manage their own medical care can be a solid predictor of future health. It is so very important for patients in general to become more proactive when it comes to their health. To learn more about how a lot of information can go a long way when it comes to learning about patients and their health-care outcomes, go to the article here


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