Revolution, Part III: Assessing your health needs


This entry is part 3 of a series on my review of the Revolution Health website. Revolution health is attempting to provide a community and a set of tools enabling people to take responsibility for their health, in cooperation with healthcare practitioners and researchers.

While calculators allow the exploration of several different scenarios and their impact on the risk of, say, heart disease or stroke (and one of those scenarios may be your own …), assessments are a more comprehensive set of questions that are designed to provide recommendations which you can then take to your doctor. For example, the health history screening says the following:

This Coupler collects a detailed personal and family medical history,
and documents current symptoms and immunization status. For problems
identified, the Coupler provides recommendations for screening or
diagnostic tests, or suggests other Couplers for diagnosis or
management. The Coupler provides health and safety information, as well
as strategies for illness prevention and health promotion, and
identifies issues that should be discussed with a healthcare provider.
Data collected with this Coupler can be used to begin or expand a
personal medical record that can help structure regular health checkups.

The assessment is thorough. It asks if you have allergies, personal history of a wide variety of conditions, current conditions you may want to ask your doctor about, family history, and just about everything else that you may want to bring up with your doctor. The point of the tool is health maintenance — see if there are any issues you need to bring up, lifestyle changes you should consider (e.g. losing weight), and next steps. This tool points to other tools on the site that can help you with a goal as well, such as the weight tracker and calculators.

I think this will be a very handy organization tool for maintaining health and preventing needless diseases. The results are going to be commensurate with the effort put into an honest self-evaluation, and in the end I think tools like this will help people handle their individual health issues.

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