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Diabetes Epidemiology

Diabetes Epidemiology: CDC Report Analysis

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Today we wanted to take a few moments to talk about the epidemiology of diabetes.  Epidemiology looks at the distribution, patterns and risk factors of certain diseases within a population. In the United States, more than 100 million adults have diabetes which includes those who are diagnosed with diabetes and also those considered prediabetic. Prediabetes is a state where a patient does not quite yet have the diagnosis of diabetes; their blood glucose is high but not yet high enough to have the diagnosis of diabetes. Individuals with prediabetes will usually get diabetes if they don’t start to make some…

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Leveraging Big Data in Healthcare

By | Big Data, Blog, Data, Digital Health, EHR, Health, Health Innovations, Hospitals, Medical | 2 Comments

Big data analytics and clinical decision support is the wave of the future in healthcare and is already taking shape.  The industry has vast amounts of data it generates, and to date, most has been stored as hard copies or in unstructured formats rather than in easily usable digitized formats.  This data includes clinical data, written notes and prescriptions, medical imaging, labs, insurance information, demographic and administrative data, sensor data from vital sign monitoring, and information from social media streams.. Information explosion Some reports note that in 2011, the US healthcare system’s data reached 150 exabytes.   At this rate of…

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Mobile apps and Patient Engagement

By | Blog, Data, Digital Health, Medical, Mobile applications, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding | One Comment

In medical education, it is often taught that clinical reasoning and judgment should support any orders for diagnostic tests to be completed. That is, the key question to ask when placing an order is: What do you plan to do with the test result? If you can’t come up with an answer, then reconsider ordering the test. If we think back to grade school science class, this is like a small-scale application of the scientific method in every clinical scenario: make observations, develop hypotheses, collect data, see how the results compare to the hypotheses, then refine and repeat as needed….

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