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Doctors Dig for More Data About Patients

September 25, 2016

Doctors Dig for More Data About Patients

An article in The Wall Street Journal describes different approaches, including the Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®), used to predict which patients will develop or be affected by chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.  ”Big data” analytical approaches take into account multiple medical and socio-economic factors.

But collecting large amounts of data at the person-level is problematic because much of it is not publicly available and can lead to “interview fatigue” when patients are asked for too much non-medical information at each visit.

The article highlights how Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis has used PAM since 2010 to help evaluate each patient’s self-confidence and capacity to manage an illness.  Research from Fairview suggests patients’ confidence in their ability to manage their health or condition levels may be a predictor of future health.

Read the full WSJ article. (Subscription required.)