United States researchers are using Twitter to predict asthma patients seeking treatment in hospital of Dallas.
In the United States, more than 25 million people suffer from asthma, and the increasing incidence. According to United States Centers for disease control and 2001-2009 data, each year from asthma patients seeking medical treatment for 2 million people, 500,000 people in hospital, 2500 people. Drug treatment cannot cure asthma, which can prevent attacks. Prevention is to a large extent associated with pollution and other environmental factors.
Research methods: environmental monitoring data and on Twitter "Asthma" and "inhaler" and other words combined, then Tweet source and concentrated distribution area of electronic medical records concluded that patients with asthma.
Not surprisingly, the researchers observed, along with deteriorating air quality, asthma clinic has a tendency to increase the number; number of Tweets related to asthma and asthma treatment are positively correlated.
Researchers through the data analysis algorithms, you can 75% accuracy to predict asthma patients, which were prepared in advance by hospitals.
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