Traditionally, doctors rely on research, experience, medical literature, and pure instinct when predicting patient outcomes with various treatment plans. Be it that each patient is unique with distinctive characteristics, these methods are inherently flawed. This approach does not take into account age, gender, race, nationality, or a variety of other factors that make each of us individual. There is a solution though, and it has to do with, you guessed it….big data.
Doctors and patients are now crunching the numbers using medical calculators to better predict treatment and procedural outcomes. While these prognoses are obviously not a guarantee, they are much more accurate than the one-size-fits-all model.