August 18, 2008
Know Your Number® Gives Doctors a New Tool to Increase Quality
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
“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.”
To learn more about Know Your Number, visit: http://www.knowyournumber.com.
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: