Monday, June 12, 2017

Teach the World Evidence-Based Medicine (Help Patients!)

Teach the world evidence-based medicine, because patients and patient advocates, DESPERATELY want these five horrendous problems solved:

1. There is an 88% health illiteracy rate among patients (Health.gov)
2. 60 to 80% of physicians don't understand treatment effects (CMAJ)
3. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCORI) team says, “Every day, patients and their caregivers are faced with crucial health care decisions while lacking key information that they need.”
4. PCORI also says that we need to translate “…existing scientific research into accessible and usable formats…”
5. The majority of medical guidelines are written by authors with conflicts of interest (British Medical Journal).


We have created the solution for all five problems; we produce Treatment Scores. The Treatment Score = the net treatment benefit for the patient. It’s a way to summarize information to help patients (and everyone) understand medical treatments.

How to explain Treatment Scores? Well, every year we figure out our “gross income” and “net income” when we do our income taxes. So, for patients, we simply figure out the “gross treatment benefit” and the “net treatment benefit” for patients as digested from the medical literature. Did you see the movie "Moneyball" about Sabermetrics for baseball starring Brad Pitt? Treatment Scores are "Sabermetrics for medicine."


Treatment Scores put a graphical user interface (GUI) over evidence-based medicine (EBM) in order to help patients, doctors, nurses, journalists, writers, bloggers (and everyone else).

Back in the early days of the computer, you had to know how to use machine language to use a computer. Once a graphical user interface was put over machine language by Windows and Apple everyone could use a computer. With Treatment Scores, we have put a graphical user interface over evidence-based medicine (EBM) so that everyone can do EBM quickly and easily. Every step within Treatment Scores can be validated and verified. Treatment Scores are the opposite of cookbook medicine. Patients get what they want: understandable information. Physicians get what they want: Evidence-Based Medicine in a format that saves time. All other players in healthcare benefit as well.

AUDIENCE
The essays you write with Treatment Scores will be seen by a wide audience. We have over 100,000 followers on Facebook, over 9,000 followers on Twitter, and we hold all top 10 positions on Google search. As I write this, we are growing by over 1,000 followers per day on all our social media accounts. Patients clearly want better treatment transparency. You can also write for your hometown newspaper and prove to your local community that, with technology, you are the smartest patient advocate in town.

CONTACT
If you are interested in Treatment Scores, please email:
Dr.Hennenfent@gmail.com
Feel free to send your LinkedIn profile, CV, or any other information.

There is a 1 minute explainer video about Treatment Scores on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/GLIIB3oOVJA

There is an explanatory essay about Treatment Scores and Smart Phones here:
http://www.treatmentscoresblog.com/2017/03/patients-desperately-need-treatment.html

Bradley R. Hennenfent, MD
Physician & Economist (Retired)
Florida, USA
Dr.Hennenfent@gmail.com

ABOUT
Treatment Scores was started by an anesthesiologist, an emergency physician, a physician programmer, and Dr. Hennenfent. Brad Hennenfent graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in economics, graduated medical school from the University of Illinois, and did his Emergency Medicine residency at the UIC Affiliated Hospitals Emergency Medicine Residency Program. After two years as a practicing emergency physician, he became director of an inner-city emergency department in Chicago. Then, he went into business and became the director of over 10 emergency departments and urgent care centers. Dr. Hennenfent has had five uncles with prostate cancer. He became an advocate, and, while working with a medical non-profit, helped get over $20 million dollars of federal funding released for medical research to the National Institutes of Health. He also helped get over $100,000 worth of grants in kind or donations year after year. In his retirement in Florida, he has become very interested in medical statistics and treatment transparency for patients. He believes patients should be more informed and more powerful. Dr. Hennenfent likes to combine the mathematics of economics with the mathematics of medicine.

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DISCLAIMER
You must always see a licensed physician for diagnosis and treatment. Treatment Scores are only an educational exercise. Death or disability can result if you don't see your own medical physician, call an ambulance, or go to the emergency department immediately for your medical issues.

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