New Tool Uses EHR Data To Deliver Personalized Health Care

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).
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