Electronic health records (EHR) company Practice Fusion is introducing a new platform that tells people what diseases are trending, the treatments being provided, and even what outbreaks to watch out for.
"Anytime there’s good data and decent predictability, you can do different things," says Chris Hogg, head of data science at Practice Fusion, told Fast Company. "We could tell people in a certain geography about the flu coming, alert a doctor on the platform. We don’t think it’s possible to accurately predict an entire [flu] season today, but we can predict an early warning."
Called Insight, the platform uses the patient records of 81 million people and allows users to find data about current epidemics and outbreaks, as well as drug treatments. Not unlike Google Trends, the platform shows the top 50 trending diagnoses, and provides more information about each when you click on them. The platform currently does not provide geographical data, but they are currently working on a way to introduce this feature.
Insight is available in both free and premium versions. The premium version provides more specific data; however, the free version should suffice for most individual needs.