Think you have little privacy now, wait until FICO, the company whose credit scores are frequently used to guage your credit worth, launches a new program that will allow companies to determine how likely you are to take your medicine properly.
In a recent New York Times article, FICO has “developed a new FICO Medication Adherence Score that it says can predict which patients are at highest risk for skipping or incorrectly using prescription medications.”
“We started thinking about how do consumers behave as patients,” Mark Greene, the chief executive of FICO, based in Minneapolis, told the Times. “The problem, from a math standpoint, is not all that different from banking and other industries.”
FICO officials say insurance companies and other health care groups will use the score to identify those patients who could benefit the most from follow-up phone calls, letters and e-mails to encourage proper use of medication. By the end of the year, an estimated two million to three million patients will have been given a FICO medication adherence score and a total of 10 million patients are expected to be scored during the next 12 months, the company said. Those estimates are based on current negotiations with health care companies who plan to use the scoring system,” writes Tara Parker-Pope.
Proper adherence to medical instruction is slim, according to the National Consumers League which states that 125,000 patients die yearly because they fail to fill prescriptions, fail to take them as directed, or skip doses.
What are the odds that your score will be used properly by all concerned? Slim or none? You tell us.