DrFirst | February 02, 2022
Clinicians rely on accurate information in electronic health record (EHR) systems so that medication, allergy, and immunization data can trigger automatic safety alerts during prescribing and transitions of patient care. But that data can be compromised when moving it from one system to another because of varying terminology, disparities in formulary service vendors, imperfect interoperability standards, and inconsistent use of national drug codes. Now, a new partnership by InfoWerks Data Services, a leading provider of healthcare data services, and health technology pioneer DrFirst is using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to automate the process of sharing structured data between different systems.
"This is more than a simple convenience. Manually entering information takes clinicians' time away from patients, contributing to burnout and introducing the possibility of keyboard errors that can cause patient harm and lead to readmissions. This is why we're so excited to partner with DrFirst and combine our unique but complementary services. Not only can we provide a more complete service to our customers, but we can rest well at night knowing we're giving clinicians data that is usable and meaningful to greatly reduce potential adverse drug events. This, in turn, drives better patient outcomes."
Jeff Deitch, CEO of InfoWerks
SmartProcessor,part of DrFirst's award-winning SmartSuite of solutions, uses AI and ML to solve data fidelity issues between disparate systems and formats, resulting in complete, clean, and consumable clinical data for the receiving system and end users. The patented AI engine normalizes drug, allergy, and prescription instruction information (known as "sigs") into consistent terms while processing "free text" so it pre-populates into discrete fields within the EHR.
"Even after decades of digitization and standards, the healthcare industry still has a problem with dirty data. This means a great deal of digital information still gets touched by human hands before it can be consumed by hospital or pharmacy systems," said G.Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. "We are thrilled to work with InfoWerks so more health systems, hospitals, clinicians, and patients can benefit from our patented, game-changing technology that greatly improves the quality of migrated data."
Both companies strive to better connect stakeholders in the healthcare universe with the data they need. Through this partnership, their product and service lines can be used as stand-alone or bundled solutions that adapt to a wide range of use cases within hospitals and health systems of all sizes, clinics, private physician practices, and pharmacies.
About InfoWerks Data Services
InfoWerks is a leading healthcare data management company offering a range of services including data migration, archiving, interfaces,consulting,and aggregation to all types of providers and other healthcare industry stakeholders. Since 1997,the company hasbeen enablinghealthcare companiesto transport and access their data without constraints.
Since 2000, DrFirst has pioneered healthcare technology solutions and consulting services that securely connect people at touchpoints of care to improve patient outcomes. We create unconventional solutions that solve care collaboration, medication management, price transparency, and adherence challenges faced in healthcare. We unite the Healthiverse—the interconnected healthcare universe—by providing our clients with real-time access to the information they need, exactly when and how they need it, so patients get the best care possible. DrFirst solutions are used by nearly 325,000 healthcare professionals, including more than 120,000 prescribers, 70,000 pharmacies, 280 HIS/EHRs, and 1,500 hospitals in the U.S. andCanada.
Hekka Labs | January 15, 2022
Hekka Labs launches a game changing decentralized healthcare ecosystem for a far more efficient health record management. The firm will concentrate on the Southeast Asia market, starting with India, where it will establish the largest chronic disease data management network. Hekka then intends to connect to the rest of the world's healthcare market through the design and implementation of proprietary Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).
Hekka has cemented initial partnerships with 3 Indian healthcare solution providers, Curisin, a healthcare company with a wide network of 30 million patients and 40,000 partnered doctors which as recently agreed to provide a minimum of 1.5 million medical records in 2022. A further agreement to provide up to 20 separate blood biomarkers together with Covid 19 data on 100,000 patients, will form the basis of an initial trial for its blockchain audit trail platform. IMMUNIDEX, a healthcare solution provider offering tests and applications that are driven by proprietary AI that can identify early immune-related risks and is well placed to capture highly valuable data for the Hekka network. TELEMEDICINE INDIAN CO, a start-up offering multi telemedicine services, multiple blood tests, and health screening including COVID-19 testing will form another integral part of data generation for the Hekka ecosystem.
Hekka Labs with the integration of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) offers a plug and go solution that allows users to interact with the HEKKA ecosystem without major disruption. This set up can solve the inherent problems that occur on a regular basis in the healthcare industry such as inefficient biomarker management, document hogging and unstructured data management.
Hekka Labs has set out to become the leading chronic illness and immunology platform in India. Hekka's private and public blockchain network solution will generate a new trust in Indian healthcare data management and can open up significant opportunity for both the domestic and global collaboration. This will lead to new levels of ethical standards and excellence for the Indian healthcare market.
In the long run, Hekka plans to evolve as a significant decentralized healthcare ecosystem by connecting the network of medical and associated healthcare providers culminating in a targeted community of over 500 million patients. As a result, tens of billions of chronic disease digital biomarkers can be made available for Deep Learning, potentially speeding up new healthcare discoveries.
HEK is the native token of the Hekka ecosystem, which is launched in the Ethereum network's ERC-20 standards for its intensive security and global reputation, ensuring the confidence of delivering the most sophisticated healthcare data management service.
The HEK token is a token complimented by an ATOM token (Points) system which is the primary source of HEKKA 's data transfers. This ensures the value of the token. The HEK token will be a key component in serving all prospective users' interactions with the platform's different levels of service.
Medical Home Network | January 12, 2022
Medical Home Network (MHN) is helping healthcare providers have more informed conversations with patients by enabling easy access to patient data in one place. With a timely and comprehensive view of patient information, providers can make more informed decisions and ultimately deliver better care.
MHN is integrating patient data across different electronic medical record systems (EMRs) for 13 providers and more than 160,000 Medicaid safety net patients, making data accessible to providers when and where they need it. The EMR integration, in partnership with athenahealth's Platform Services and other technology partners, complements MHN's care management platform, MHNConnect. System interoperability reaches providers who are not on the platform as well as doctors with patient records in more than one system.
The EMR system integration enhances care coordination because it gives healthcare providers real-time alerts about hospital admissions and discharges and prompts them to follow up with patients on tasks outlined in their discharge plans. At a glance, practitioners can view patient histories and care plans, assess their adherence to prescription medications and review actions taken in skilled nursing facilities. More access to timely information can potentially avert unnecessary emergency room visits or hospital readmissions.
"This important step toward interoperability is breaking down barriers in care management and supports the entire patient journey across all settings."
Cheryl Lulias, Medical Home Network president and CEO
Key data points delivered in the EMR integration include emergency department visits; inpatient, skilled nursing facility and home health admissions; and primary care, behavioral health and specialty outpatient visits.
"It really fills in gaps and leads to better conversations with patients," said Dr. Stephen S. Stabile, a family physician at PrimeCare Health in Chicago and an MHN medical director. "For instance, if I see that a patient saw a specialist that I didn't know they were seeing, it prompts me to inquire more."
Patient information is provided in the MHN Baseball Card™, which provides a comprehensive view of a patient's data, and is securely integrated in the EMR and assigned to a particular provider.
"This is about driving care enabling technology to surface the right data at the right time and improve providers workflows from within EMR," said Laura Merrick, director of program management and eSolutions at MHN. "Now providers can see comprehensive patient information without having to spend time tracking down records."
Rollout Begins in Primary Care Clinics
MHN partnered with athenahealth, the largest of the EMR companies among MHN's provider partners, to develop a scalable approach within a clinically integrated network. athenahealth supported the rollout of the system, which went live in November, to the first eight federally qualified health center partners. Rollout to other EMR systems and the clinics they serve will continue into 2022.
"We applaud Medical Home Network for taking this step toward creating an interoperable ecosystem that will help providers deliver better coordinated patient care," said Paul Brient, athenahealth's chief product officer. "At athenahealth, we have built our core applications, from the beginning, on an open, connected, cloud-based platform to enable exactly these types of connections in healthcare. We are proud to help organizations like MHN make clinical information from across the healthcare continuum easier for providers to act on, helping to drive better patient experiences and outcomes."
About Medical Home Network
Medical Home Network (MHN) is transforming care in the safety net and building healthier communities. MHN, which was selected as one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Healthcare, builds partnerships in the community to connect key stakeholders, from comprehensive primary care to community-based organizations. MHN enables healthcare providers to deliver integrated care. Our care teams build trusted relationships with patients and coordinate care with a focus on whole person health. The MHN model of care is powered by proprietary technology that enhances collaboration among community-based entities, which leads to improved outcomes, lower costs and reduced health disparities.