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Notre Dame announces big data ranking medical system

July 26, 2013
Healthcare IT By LW Consulting Inc.

One of the possible goals of any electronic health data enterprise can be to both simplify work for providers and make care for patients more tailored and efficient. Healthcare IT consulting experts can help practices assess the tools being developed today for their viability, and with the amount of different resources emerging, that can take a discerning eye that your practice might not already have. 

From the University of Notre Dame comes a project that could serve as a model for future efforts in terms of the amount of focus it puts on specific individuals. 

Called the CARE system (an acronym for Collaborative Assessment and Recommendation Engine), it was awarded a patent from the U.S. government and was developed by Professor Nitesh Chawla along with student Darcy Davis. According to a recent post on the official university website, the goal of CARE is to use data to generate workable information, including predictions about how likely a certain person is to fall victim to a particular disease.

It is clearly this aspect that most intrigues Chawla, as he described in the piece.

"Utilized to its full potential, CARE can be used to explore broader disease histories, suggest previously unconsidered concerns and facilitate discussion about early testing and prevention, as well as wellness strategies that may ring a more familiar bell with an individual and are essentially doable," he said.

A long-term care consultant may not have access to predictive software just yet, but it's possible that future advances like this might raise expectations of response times and necessitate a broader approach.