Monday, September 14, 2015

How Treatment Scores Work. Harvoni Treatment Score = 95.

"You‘ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology - not the other way around." - Steve Jobs

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein.

The quotes above from two brilliant minds illustrate why we need Treatment Scores. First, Steve Jobs suggests the customer must get the information they need quickly and simply. Second, Albert Einstein suggests if you do evidence-based medicine and you can't quantify the treatments for a diagnosis based on evidence-based medicine, then you don't really understand treatments.

The Harvoni Example
Be skeptical! I saw a TV commercial on Harvoni as a treatment for Hepatitis C. It sounded too good to be true. I was very skeptical. So I decided to look up the medical studies and find the statistics.

I was able to organize the statistics that matter the most. What I found is that the treatment statistics are better for Harvoni for hepatitis C than for the old "Gold Standard" with interferon for hepatitis C. Way better! You can summarize the treatment benefit as one number as in the graphic below (100 would be the best possible Treatment Score).
           


What a Treatment Score of 95 means in this case is that there is a 95% cure rate (virus clearance rate) for the specific diagnosis of Hepatitis C, in the specific population studied, during the time frame studied.

From now on, health information for treatments should be presented in this manner, summarized as one number. Treatment Scores do for medicine what Sabermetrics does for baseball. We enable you to digest thousands of hours of data and reading down to one number.

What's great about Treatment Scores is that you can click on them on get more information. You can get:

  • The specific time period
  • The specific diagnosis
  • A detailed description of the patient population
  • Side effects and side benefits that have been taken into account
  • Conversion factors
  • Methodology
  • Everything you need for complete treatment transparency!

Evidence-based medicine is an educational experience that everyone should learn to do. Everyone should produce a treatment list for a disease that they care about and should attempt to quantify the treatments. That's how you really learn about the treatments for a diagnosis. In future posts, we will explain how the entire process is made transparent and how each step can be validated.

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