Example of a process applied to predict ferritin levels
What should be done in case of an abnormal ferritin prediction?
Important considerations for health care professionals
- CADTH. An Overview of Clinical Applications of Artificial Intelligence. CADTH, Ottawa; 2018 (CADTH issues in emerging health technologies; issue 174).
Where does the data used by the algorithm come from?
The data used are data observed in the laboratory that have been anonymized before being used by the algorithm.
How long is the data used retained?
We retain data for as long as it is needed to provide our services, to manage our business, and to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations (e.g., health care providers have statutory retention obligations with respect to patient records). When we no longer need it, we securely destroy the data or anonymize it (so that it no longer identifies a patient).
Do you have the right to use your patients' medical information?
We may use personal information to conduct data analysis and research to improve or develop health-related products and services. In this case, we will generally aggregate and/or anonymize personal information so that it no longer includes information from which a patient can be identified.
For example, we may conduct data analysis and research for the following purposes at any time in compliance with applicable law:
- Determine the effectiveness of a treatment and find ways to improve it, or develop tools to improve diagnostics or imaging readings.
- Conduct health and genetic research.
- Develop new health products and services that meet the needs of our clients.
- Perform data analysis and research and development to develop new tools such as algorithms or reports.
How do you ensure that this data is secure?
Biron adheres to high security standards when it comes to the storage and access of its data.
Do you sell this data?
No, Biron Health Group does not sell any data to third parties.
Did you ask your patients for consent before using their medical data?
By using our services, patients consent to the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information as described in the policy. In some cases, their consent may be "implied", meaning that their permission is deemed to be given based on their action or inaction at the time of collection, use or disclosure of their personal information.
If they choose not to provide us with certain personal information or if they withdraw their consent, where consent can be withdrawn, we may not be able to offer them our services.
If a Biron patient does not want their medical data to be used in your algorithm, how can they ensure that it is not?
It is not possible to remove anonymized patient data currently used in the algorithm database.
If for a future service at Biron a patient chooses not to give us certain personal information or withdraws their consent, in cases where it is possible to withdraw consent, we may not be able to provide our services to them.
Will the patient have access to this predictive data?
No. Patients will not have access to the predictive data, which will only be included in the results report given to the referring physician and to the physicians in copy.
Will the predictive data section appear on all Biron reports?
The predictive data section will be part of the Biron result report (physician version) only if a prediction of abnormal results is present for the patient.
Why did you choose ferritin?
We consider that ferritin prediction can be particularly relevant to detect iron deficiency without anemia, unsuspected hemochromatosis or a mixed state in case of inflammation and iron deficiency. Other predictive data algorithms are also under development.
Do you plan to release other predictive data?
Yes, work is underway to predict unsuspected metabolic and hormonal disorders