PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Outcome, a consumer website focused on bridging the information gap for treatment outcomes, today launched the first crowdsourcing platform for patients to rate their treatment experiences and help others find evidence based cures. Surprisingly, there is no meaningful data on medical treatments or surgeries available to patients or physicians despite the 51 million surgeries conducted in the U.S. every year. The lack of patient outcome information leads to a high number of unnecessary treatments and harmful medical interventions (1), (2), (3). Health Outcome is the first to address this void of outcome treatment data with a platform built to capture the voice of the patient.
Health Outcome is currently the largest database for orthopedic treatment ratings, a $100 Billion+ per year industry. In just a few months patients have written over 50,000 treatment ratings and reviews sharing evidence based cures for America’s most common and costly back and foot injuries. With Health Outcome, patients can uniquely compare the effectiveness of multiple treatments including both invasive and non-invasive, less risky treatments.
For example, over 25,000 ratings for lower back pain treatments reveal that 84% of patients are still in pain years after surgery, showing that their surgeries were ineffective in treating back pain. In fact, patients have rated the outcome of back surgeries lower than most other treatments. Other data insights include that one back surgery leads to more and that more surgeries lead to a higher likelihood of being in pain. With Health Outcome, patients and doctors have easy access to objective and non-incentivized information about treatment outcomes. (4)
Health Outcome was founded by Ofer Ben-Shachar, a recognized Silicon Valley innovator and serial entrepreneur in the growth of Internet services who started Health Outcome based on his personal experience. “After multiple running and biking injuries, I was operated on and unable to exercise for four years. When doctors recommended a second surgery, I wanted evidence that this surgery was the right choice. I was unable to find any outcome data - none! How is it possible that outcome data exists for everything other than health?” said Ben-Shachar.
Incorporating patient outcome information has been well received by Doctors and Health Care professionals who seek more insight on post-treatment patient outcome. “Health Outcome is modernizing healthcare by capturing the voice of patient and making it easy for patients to research and compare treatments’ long term impact on patients like them," said Oliver Aalami, Vascular Surgeon at Stanford University.
About Health Outcome
Health Outcome is bridging the information gap in health care with the first crowdsourcing platform for patients to rate their treatment experiences and help others find evidence based cures. Surprisingly, there is no meaningful outcome data on medical treatments and surgeries available for patients or doctors, even though over 51 Million surgeries are conducted in the US each year. Without this critical treatment outcome data, patients are routinely treated with unnecessary and even harmful medical interventions (1), (2), (3).
Health Outcome addresses this pain point by creating a platform for the voice of patients to be heard. The active Health Outcome patient community has already contributed over 50,000 treatment ratings and reviews, helping to achieve a critical mass of information that lends to insightful recommendations. There is no incentive to add a review other than to help the community.
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