Researchers: Use data to identify disease hotspots and make health decisions

Health care providers in Florida, Virginia and California have developed software that can identify hotspots of health-related diseases and make appropriate health-care decisions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The software could help identify those with a high rate of cardiovascular disease and other types of infections, and make decisions on the care of people with a range of other conditions, the CDC said.

The researchers were led by Johns Hopkins University’s Meir Pritchett, who is now a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

He and his colleagues created the software while conducting a collaboration with researchers from the University of Florida, the University.

They said it can be used to identify hotspot disease patterns in populations such as those of children and the elderly.

“Our tool can be applied to any geographic region where we have some hotspots that are not identified by other methods,” Pritchel said.

“In fact, you can create your own hotspot map and use it to identify areas of greatest health risk.”

The program can be installed on computers, smartphones, or tablets, and can be run on smartphones.

Pritchet said the program uses the HealthKit platform, which is available to researchers worldwide.

The research was published in the February issue of the journal Health Affairs.

The findings were supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. 

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