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Can EMR Predict Dementia?

Published on February 23rd, 2020

McKnight’s had an interesting article about using electronic medical records to predict dementia in residents.  Nearly half of nursing home residents, 47.8%, have received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  An Indiana-based research team wants to deploy its algorithms into clinics in an effort to identify patients at risk for developing Alzheimer’s and related dementia. The noninvasive method uses machine learning to analyze data from electronic medical records to screen for dementia risks. Researchers recently completed a randomized trial for the screening method and found “no harm.”

“The great thing about this method is that it’s passive, and it provides similar accuracy to the more intrusive tests that are currently used,” lead researcher Dr. Malaz Boustani, MPH, said.

“This is a low-cost, scalable solution that can provide substantial benefit to patients and their families by helping them prepare for the possibility of life with dementia and enabling them to take action,” he added.

A new tool recently developed by Swedish researchers is able to accurately predict the life expectancy of dementia patients.

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