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New insights revealed by first treatments crowdsourcing platform
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New insights revealed by first treatments crowdsourcing platform
Health Outcome
We are introducing the first platform for crowdsourcing patient treatment outcome that addresses the disconnect between treatments’ success and patient reported outcomes. Multiple studies estimate that... Read more

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We are introducing the first platform for crowdsourcing patient treatment outcome that addresses the disconnect between treatments’ success and patient reported outcomes. Multiple studies estimate that 25%­-50% of all healthcare treatments are unnecessary, frequently harmful, and costly ($750 Billion per year in the US). The lack of meaningful health outcome data, despite the 51 million surgeries conducted in the U.S. every year, is a main cause for unnecessary health care. By capturing the voice of the patient, we can provide insights for how patient outcome data can be sourced by both medical professionals and patients to prevent unnecessary healthcare and curtail staggering healthcare costs.

Health Outcome, a consumer website, enables patients to rate their own treatment experiences and helps users find evidence­ based treatment outcome ratings. Health Outcome uniquely compares patient reported outcomes for both invasive and non­invasive treatments; this levels the playing field for all treatments and allows for the evaluation of not only expensive, invasive treatments but also non­invasive and less expensive treatments. Health Outcome is currently the largest and only database for America’s most common and costly back and foot injuries, a $100 Billion+ per year industry.

Patient reviews include both treatment ratings and patient information such as gender, age, weight, height, physical activity, and chronicity. Patient response has exceeded all expectations both in number as well as in quality of the outcome reviews, helping achieve a critical mass of information that already lends to insightful recommendations. In just a few months, patients have written over 50,000 treatment ratings and reviews with no incentive other than to help the community.

For example, Health Outcome patient data reveals that 84% of back surgery patients are still “in-­pain” years after the procedure. Patients average rating for all types of back­pain surgeries are on average, 2 out of 5, one of the lowest ratings among low back­pain treatments. The data also shows that 54% of patients who received surgery once had two or more surgeries and that more surgeries are correlated with a higher likelihood of being in pain. The results are based on over 23,000 low­back pain crowdsourced ratings and reviews with over 1,200 surgeries ratings on the Health Outcome website.

In a very short time, patients have empowered Health Outcome with a critical mass of high quality orthopedic outcome information. We have tapped into a strong patient need to express themselves as well as learn from the aggregated experience of fellow patients. But this is only the beginning. The goal is to have a shared database of outcome data for most medical and health treatments so we can all have a better understanding of the true long term results of any treatment. We are excited to share our insights on finding effective ways to capture the voice of the patient. We plan on making our data publicly available and are looking forward to feedback from patients and the medical community.

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