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Dr. Peter Tanuseputro, lead scientist at the Institute’s Centre for Individualized Health, is using health data to predict the life span of elderly patients. Heidi Sveistrup, CEO and Chief Science Officer at the Bruyère Research Institute is grateful to the anonymous donors who have made it possible to support and continue to develop this world recognized research team.

New algorithm can tell patients how long they have to live


Researchers at Ottawa’s newly minted Centre for Individualized Health have developed an algorithm that predicts how many months, or years, patients near the ends of their lives have to live.

It is information some people might not be comfortable with, acknowledged Dr. Peter Tanuseputro, an investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute and family doctor who offers house calls to his palliative patients. But he believes many elderly patients will want to know exactly how long they have to live, information not currently available for most. He also said everyone deserves access to the information, based on an individual’s health information and data collected across Ontario.

See below is a list of media coverage to learn more :

End of Life Algorithm (audio)
CBC Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan
Oct 18, 2018

Ontario Morning with Wei Chen (audio, starts at 36:00) 
CBC Radio
Oct 17, 2018