The Data 2.0 conference just concluded with a big question: how can we develop a predictive algorithm that can identify patients who will be admitted to the hospital within the next year, using historical claims data?

future of health care is in your palm

The future of health care might be in your palm

The reason the answer to this question is so important is this:
In the ’40s there were two countries vying to be the world economic power in the West: the US & Argentina.
Argentina fell out of that race due to too much international debt matched with an unbalanced economic structure in which most citizens were covered by government-sponsored healthcare… There’s nothing wrong with government-sponsored healthcare… when you’re not in deep debt. Public healthcare can bleed a nation’s funds, and also it can disrupt the amount of debt a country can acquire overseas. If Argentina had been able to better prepare and keep more people out of the hospitals, arguably, they could have sustained an extremely healthy economy.
Today, America faces many of the problems that Argentina faced from the 50s onto the 80s… and, naturally, we want to prevent it… the answer is, symmetrically enough, preventive care. The Heritage Prize will award $3 mil to a group that can solve the problem I mentioned above… they are one of many offering a sizable cash prize for this.

Enter FitBit and Practice Fusion…both companies had a write-up in TechCrunch today, symmetrically enough, as well.

Let’s explore:
FitBit

FitBitoffers a device called the Fitbit Tracker and a companion web-based fitness data aggregation technology that tracks weight, nutrition, exercise, sleeping schedules and other health related data for users”.
Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion “allows doctors across the country to chart patient visits, review records, schedule appointments, prescribe medications electronically, order and receive lab tests, and connect patients to their health data — all in realtime.”

Imagine:
Your doctor had real-time medical records of you which was fed live data from your FitBit.
Think about it: Months before your heart attack, you recieved a call from your doctor, saying:

“According to your daily diet and blood pressure, it seems as though you will have a heart attack sometime next month. Swing by my office this week, and I’ll prescribe you some pills that will clear your arteries, so we don’t have to take that route.”

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