University of Notre Dame researchers have developed a computerized tool that uses electronic health records to assess personalized disease risk and well-being, Medical News Today reports.
Details of the System
The Collaborative Assessment and Recommendation Engine, or CARE, was created by Nitesh Chawla -- a computer science professor at Notre Dame -- and doctoral student Darcy Davis.
The system captures patient similarities through EHRs and determines personalized disease risk profiles for individual patients (Medical News Today, 7/29).
At minimum, Chawla said the method can be used to generate reminders for physicians. At full capacity, he said CARE could be used to:
- Explore broader disease histories;
- Suggest previously unconsidered conditions; and
- Facilitate discussion about early testing, preventive actions and wellness strategies (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 7/26).
According to Chawla, such functions could:
- Reduce readmission rates;
- Improve care quality ratings;
- Help demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs;
- Boost personal and population health; and
- Promote patient-centered care models (Medical News Today, 7/29).