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December 9, 2014

How big data is curing diabetic sufferers

Outcomes Based Healthcare secures £1m funding to predict symptoms of diabetes.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

People suffering from diabetes could soon see the benefits of big data analytics.

Outcomes Based Healthcare, a healthcare advisory and tech startup, is working with Big Data Partnership on a £1m project that uses big data analytics to predict the symptoms of diabetes.

Funded by the former Technology Strategy Board, now Innovate UK, the one-year-old London firm is using analytics to predict the outcomes of a patient’s illness well in advance of symptoms appearing.

"Applying data science and outcomes insight to healthcare systems can fundamentally disrupt current disease management, allowing greater precision in care delivery, and ‘pre-treatment’ rather than simply prevention," said Dr. Rupert Dunbar-Rees, founder and CEO at Outcomes Based Healthcare.

By linking health data and non-health data about type-2 diabetics together, the project hopes to find data correlations that predict complications of diabetes. As a result, hospitals will be able to reduce costs and improve the overall health of patients.

"Healthcare systems are cracking under the pressure of ever-growing global health budgets, partly because we’re treating people with drugs and interventions, without being sure exactly who will benefit from any given treatment," said Dr. Rupert Dunbar-Rees.

Mike Merritt-Holmes, CEO and cofounder of Big Data Partnership, added: "We are thrilled to be able to apply the latest industry thinking and technology to big data from lifestyles, medication, environment and diet to discover a truly innovative way to approach healthcare."

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