Rock Health: How Predictive Analytics Impacts Patient Care

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News via HIT Consultant, Friday, January 23, 2015.

As data sources and technology advance, algorithms will be able to deliver better, personalized care. Though personalized medicine has yet to deliver on the promise of its powers, its precursor, predictive analytics, has proven effective in many industries and is now focused on transforming healthcare. Dozens of new digital health products have hit the market and $1.9B has flowed into the space since 2011—but what does it take for an algorithm to accurately and reliably impact care?

Read the HIT Consultant article here

Open Source Health’s CEO Sonya Satveit on CTV Morning Live – July 23, 2014

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40% of Women cannot identify Maternal Mood Disorders in a recent Canadian survey

Toronto, Canada – July 22, 2014: Open Source Health Inc. (CSE:OSH), a cloud based patient engagement system that puts control in the hands of women to Educate, Advocate and Collaborate on their own healthcare. Sonya Satveit, Founder and CEO of Open Source Health Inc. will be appearing on CTV Morning Live – Ottawa, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 to open up the conversation about maternal mental health.
“Perinatal Mood Disorders, commonly referred to as Postpartum Depression, refer to a group of disorders yet, unfortunately, according to new Canadian data, 40 per cent of women could not recognize the full spectrum of mood disorders associated with pregnancy.” says Sonya Satveit, Founder and CEO of Open Source Health Inc. “This points to an obvious need for greater awareness surrounding all of the associated disorders – not just depression.”
As a woman who suffered from perinatal mood disorder, Sonya Satveit, a women’s health advocate and author of the popular Hormone Soup website, will shed light on the disconnect between the number one complication of pregnancy and the need for greater awareness and screening. Satveit encourages women to become empowered by speaking up against the fear and shame surrounding perinatal mood disorders and becoming informed advocates in their own health.

About Hormone Soup:
Hormone Soup (www.hormonsoup.com) is a women’s hormone health website where Founder and President, Sonya Satveit publishes her story and research. As an empowered patient and women’s health advocate she has touched women with her story in over 100 countries. These women and their similar health struggles helped inspire the creation of the Integrative Healthcare platform within Open Source Health. Sonya continues to publish her stories with the hope that this information may make a difference in women’s day-to-day lives.

About Open Source Health Inc.:
Open Source Health takes a truly patient-centered approach and is in the business of providing a real-time integrative healthcare solution for women in an open source architecture. Open Source Health Inc. is set to lead the current healthcare revolution by leveraging the latest trends in digital health, personalized health, social health and participatory medicine.
For more information, visit www.opensourcehealth.com

93% of patients want to communicate with their physician via email

93% of patients want to communicate with their physician via email

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Catalyst Healthcare Research (CHR) conducted an online study to determine patient preferences in patient-physician communication, and patients were asked specifically about digital communication with their doctors. An overwhelming number of respondents indicated that email communication with their physicians was a priority for them.

Dan Prince, president and founder of CHR said, “It’s not surprising that consumers want digital access to things like test results and making a doctor’s appointment. The Internet is quick and convenient, and it’s in the best interest of health systems, hospitals and physician practices to embrace online options for their patients’ healthcare needs. As healthcare changes, it’s crucial that providers stay relevant.”

25 percent of respondents said that they would pay more for this convenience,  even if it meant a $25 per use fee.

People are asking for digital access to their doctors, their healthcare records and their test results.  

Read the Becker’s Hospital Review article here: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/93-of-adult-patients-want-e-mail-communication-with-physicians.html

7 in 10 U.S. adults track a health indicator like weight or chronic symptoms. One in five “health-trackers” use technology to keep tabs on their health status.

7 in 10 U.S. adults track a health indicator like weight or chronic symptoms. One in five “health-trackers” use technology to keep tabs on their health status.

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Tracking can affect someone’s overall approach to health

Why do people go to the trouble of tracking health data, for themselves or for someone they care for? A recent study conducted by The Pew Internet & American Life Project says it’s because people get results. Of the U.S. adults that track health indicators, using memory, paper, technology or a combination:

  •  46% say that this activity has changed their overall approach to maintaining their health or the health of someone for whom they provide care.
  • 40% say it has led them to ask a doctor new questions or to get a second opinion from another doctor.
  • 34% of trackers say it has affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition.

In all, 63% of trackers agree with at least one of those statements of impact.

Tracking has had a more significant impact on people living with chronic conditions

The same study concluded that of  “health trackers” living with 2+ conditions:

  • 56% say it has affected their overall approach to maintaining their health or the health of someone they help care for, compared with 40% of trackers who report no chronic conditions.
  • 53% say it has led them to ask a doctor new questions or to seek a second opinion, compared with 33% of trackers with no chronic conditions
  • 45% say it has affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition, compared with 25% of trackers with no chronic conditions.

Open Source Health is committed to offering Women the tools they need to take an active role in their health. With open source technology and innovative in-lab and at-home blood testing, Open Source Health offers patients the ability to enjoy a personal health profile with all diagnostic and graphed data showing changes to their hormonal health over time. This means women can test, track and share their health data with whom ever they choose, while enjoying dramatically reduced blood test wait times & costs.

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The results reported come from a nationwide survey of adults living in the United States. To download the full report “Tracking for Health, visit: the Pew Research Internet Project.

Mobile health continues to climb in popularity, especially among smartphone owners

Mobile health continues to climb in popularity, especially among smartphone owners

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Over half of cell phone owners in the U.S. say that they own a smartphone. This translates to 45% of all American adults. Recent research conducted by The Pew Internet & American Life Project indicates that 52% of smartphone owners have looked up health information on their phone. Youth, those with a higher level of education, a higher-income and those that own a smartphone are all more likely to use their cell phone to look for health information. Each of these observations holds true under statistical analysis isolating each factor.

In other words, it is not simply that smartphone owners are likely to be younger than other American adults and both groups are likely to use their phones to look up health information. Each characteristic has an independent effect on mobile health information consumption.

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The results reported come from a nationwide survey of adults living in the United States. To download the full report “Mobile Health 2012, visit: the Pew Research Internet Project.

 

35% of U.S. adults are considered “online diagnosers”

35% of U.S. adults are considered “online diagnosers”

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New research from The Pew Internet & American Life Project, an initiative of the Pew Research Center, shows that 35 percent of U.S. adults say they have used the internet to try to figure out what medical condition they or another may have. The study refers to those who searched for answers on the internet as “online diagnosers.”  Of this group, fifty-three percent of online diagnosers talked with a clinician about what they found online. This includes searches related to serious conditions, general information searches, and searches for minor health problems.

The study highlights that many U.S. adults have now added the internet to their personal health toolbox, helping themselves and their loved ones better understand what might be ailing them. Open Source Health is committed to bridging the gap between online health seekers and current offerings.

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The results reported come from a nationwide survey of adults living in the United States. T0 download the full report “Health Online 2013“, visit: the Pew Research Internet Project.

 

72% of American internet  users searched for health information in 2012

72% of American internet users searched for health information in 2012

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New research from The Pew Internet & American Life Project, an initiative of the Pew Research Center, shows that one in three American adults have gone online to figure out a medical condition. Of this group:

  • 77 percent of online health seekers say they began at a search engine such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo
  • another 13 percent say they began at a site that specializes in health information, like WebMD
  • 2 percent say they started their research at a more general site like Wikipedia
  • and an additional 1 percent say they started at a social network site like Facebook

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The results reported come from a nationwide survey of adults living in the United States. To download the full report “Health Online 2013“, visit: the Pew Research Internet Project.