Pharmacotherapy outcome prediction for drug selection support in type-2 diabetes mellitus The University of Utah Health and Hitachi, Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) are collaborating to develop an outcome prediction technology that predicts with high accuracy the success and failure of various medication options for patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus(T2DM) with machine learning based analysis of electronic medical records. The technology calculates the probability of different medications attaining a target value for hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) (1) after 90 and 180days of commencing treatment, thus potentially helping medical practitioners choose the most effective medication option. The University of Utah Health and Hitachi, Ltd. will continue this collaborative research to realize the practical application of this technology.
Hitachi has been working on developing various measures to address diabetes using IT, such as life-style modification support and diabetes prevention services (2). In this research collaboration, the knowledge and experience of Hitachi, and doctors, pharmacists and biomedical informaticists at the U of U Health, were used to develop technology to predict the probability of achieving a treatment target with each medication. Using this model, it is possible to predict and compare the effectiveness of treatment. As a result, the technology has the potential to support the selection of the most effective medication depending on the patient’s background and condition.
(1) HbA1c:Laboratory test value which reflects average blood sugar level for the past two to three months.
(2) A life-style modification support system, chronic disease - related cost prediction technology and Diabetes Prevention Service
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