August 18, 2008

Know Your Number® Gives Doctors a New Tool to Increase Quality Care

Primary care physicians are now using a breakthrough disease-specific risk assessment tool to improve communication with patients on chronic disease prevention.

Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Primary care physicians are now using a breakthrough
approach developed by BioSignia to enhance quality care in their clinical practice and make time with patients more productive. Called Know Your Number (KYN), it’s the first multi-dimensional disease-specific risk assessment tool to predict an individual’s likelihood of developing chronic preventable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

“Know Your Number removes the emotional defensiveness the patient has when the doctor advises them on steps they need to take to improve their health,” says Dr. David Michael, a North Carolina M.D. in internal medicine who has been using Know Your Number for over a year and recently started implementing it into his clinical practice.

“After years of caring for a patient with a serious health issue such as obesity, talking about it again often becomes uncomfortable, sometimes omitted. This tool takes a difficult topic of discussion and turns it into a team mentality where I become a coach.”

With Know Your Number, the patient gets a detailed report that shows their specific risk levels by disease compared to their peers. This benchmark can be used to show the progress they’ve made after the initial visit. Doctors can also easily run the Know Your Number test without complicated software or hardware as it’s a Web-based system that only requires the Internet.

Using BioSignia’s assessment tool as a playbook, Dr. Michael has been able to foster team-like relationships with his patients, changing his role as a physician from a dictator to a team coach. The non-confrontational evidence that derives from using Know Your Number provides an effective tool in bringing preventive care to the forefront. Dr. Michael now observes his patients engage in the state of their health, which is a different reaction than before.

Dr. Michael says Know Your Number is an invaluable tool for physicians for several reasons: 1) It provides disease prevention with objective data typically already collected during a physical; 2) It assesses current level and potential improvement, not just fear motivation; 3) It compares patients among data/risk to age/gender matched peers; and 4) It’s easy brings preventive care and patient’s ability to change into the discussion to implement into any clinical practice.

“Because of all the benefits, it’s not surprising that patient feedback has been very positive so far,” adds Dr. Michael. “And this tool is a major step in the direction of changing the sick care industry to a health care industry.”

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About BioSignia
Headquartered in Cary, N.C., BioSignia is a leading technology and software company focused on bringing innovative risk assessment modeling solutions to the preventive healthcare and life insurance underwriting markets. BioSignia's patented Technology, Synthesis Analysis, provides the underpinnings of the healthcare application, Know Your Number® (KYN), and life insurance application, Mortality Assessment Technology® (MAT). This modeling capability represents a quantum leap forward in both morbidity and mortality risk assessment. BioSignia's R&D team has continued to advance synthesis modeling, continuously updating it to reflect the ever expanding need for better risk assessment, as well as effective chronic disease prevention, management, and treatment. For more information about BioSignia, visit:

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