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WI-TM-PC Social network for improved diagnosis utilizing family medical history

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000179095D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Feb-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

For each new doctor's visit, patients are typically asked about their family medical history, which helps determine risk factors for certain cancers and hereditary diseases. This puts the impetus on the patient to know their family medical history, and thus requires good communication between family members. Also, because this information is being asked for by each doctor, they may not have consistent information to aide in their diagnosis.

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WI-TM-PC Social network for improved diagnosis utilizing family medical history

To ensure consistent information across caregivers, and valid up to date information on family medical history, this article describes a social network that would allow family medical history to be linked thus allowing doctors and individuals to access important family medical history. The social network would need to include configurable privacy measures. Access and analysis to the family medical history provides the patient more informed ownership of their health care, and provides early indications of likelihood for certain medical conditions.

The social network would enable the following:

Patient can provide medical history information to each doctor by directing them to the medical history social network, and granting them access to their information Patient can specify family network members and their relationship to those family members
Patient can specify whether their family members and their physicians can have full disclosure of their medical history or partial disclosure; partial disclosure would allow family member/physician to see that a particular condition exists in their family medical history without attributing it to a particular individual

a patient would need to have a minimum number of links to family medical history to obscure the relationship between the individual and the data - Where the data is marked as private

   There would be an indication to the patient as to the number of additional links needed to have access to family medical data
There would be various levels of granularity and configurability for privacy information - e.g. which family members can access what level of information, which data can be tied to individual
The family medical history data can...