David Kao, MDLudeman Center Jan 1, 2013
Dr. Kao and his colleagues are using statistical analysis and prediction models like those used by Amazon and Google to more accurately and effectively treat heart failure in women. Dr. Kao stressed that 50% of all heart failure patients in the United Stated have the type of heart failure caused by a small, stiff heart, which primarily affects women and has high mortality. No therapy has proven effective for these patients to date. By implementing strategies used by Apple, Amazon, and Google to identify subgroups of users, identification of important groups of heart failure patients may be accelerated. By using this approach, Dr. Kao and his colleagues have identified a group of this type of heart failure patients who may benefit from a specific medication.