CHIME-KLAS Report Reveals 10 Key EMR Interoperability Trends

CHIME-KLAS Report Reveals 10 Key EMR Interoperability Trends

What You Should Know:

– New CHIME-KLAS interoperability report reveals steady
progress in some areas related to interoperability and leaps forward in others.

– A total of 67% of provider organizations reported they
often or nearly always had access to needed records in 2020, up from 28% in
2017. Providers noted improvements in functionality and usability for tasks
like locating and viewing records. 


Both providers and the companies that produce the hardware and software needed to exchange and use electronic health information continue to make progress in their efforts to advance healthcare IT interoperability, according to a white paper released today by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and KLAS Research

Providers Cite Steady Progress in
Interoperability

The report reveals providers cited steady
progress in some areas related to interoperability and leaps forward in others.
CHIME-KLAS cites a total of 67% of provider organizations reported they often
or nearly always had access to needed records in 2020, up from 28% in 2017. Providers
noted improvements in functionality and usability for tasks like locating and
viewing records. Vendor support of data sharing improved between 2016 and 2020,
with the biggest gains between partnering organizations using different EMRs.
Overall, providers were increasingly optimistic that these changes will allow
record exchange to have a greater impact on patient care in the future.

“For digital health to reach its full
potential, we need to be able to safely and securely exchange information
across the healthcare ecosystem,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell.
“Interoperability is the linchpin. With the Cures Act and other federal
initiatives promoting data sharing, we should see even more gains that
ultimately will improve patient care. As is evident in the survey results,
great strides have been made resulting in remarkable improvements. This
required hard work for all parties involved and they should be congratulated on
their collective efforts.”  

10 Key Trends in EMR Interoperability

The report highlights the following 10 EMR
interoperability trends in the industry based on data from a 2020
interoperability survey, with comparisons to results from past surveys.

1. Deep Interoperability Is Progressing, with Many
Organizations Poised for Significant Progress in Coming Years.

The rate of provider organizations achieving deep
interoperability has doubled since 2017. The overall rate leaves much to be
desired, but signs of progress are visible.

2. Almost All EMR Vendors Have Improved Connections to
Outside EMR Solutions

The biggest gains have come because of vendor proactivity;
vendors who take an active role in helping push provider organizations to
success have seen the most progress.

3. Ambulatory Clinics and Smaller Hospitals Are
Connecting More Than Ever Before

KLAS market share data has shown a steady trend of EMR
vendor consolidation over the past several years. Interestingly, this
consolidation has resulted in more needed connections with critical exchange
partners, not fewer.

4. High Costs and Lack of EMR Vendor Technical Readiness
Make Interoperability Harder for Half of Surveyed Providers

The most mentioned barrier to success was cost. Buying the
latest features and functionality, paying for new interfaces and connections,
and the cost to keep up system customization are frequent complaints.

5. National Networks Have Reached a Tipping Point

Today, perceived value and adoption are higher than ever
before, and organizations leveraging these networks are significantly more
likely to report achieving deep interoperability.

6. App Use Still in Early Stages; Patient-Facing App Use
Growing

Patient-facing apps are some of the most commonly used
across the healthcare app landscape. Some provider organizations are leveraging
apps from their vendor. Apple is the most common third party being leveraged
for this use case.

7. FHIR Adoption Begins to Take Hold in Large Health
Systems

The bulk of FHIR adoption comes from customers of large EMR
vendors, and these organizations are are primarily leveraging FHIR APIs for
patient-record exchange, clinician-enabling tools, and patient-facing tools.

8. Intended ROI of FHIR Unclear for Many

Organizations question the value of FHIR because of three
primary concerns: (1) lack of patient adoption of apps, (2) an unclear
connection between use-case adoption and the intended outcomes, and (3)
difficulty quantifying the potential outcomes they have identified.

9. Proprietary API Adoption Is Proving Valuable

Patient-facing tools, clinician-enabling tools, and
patient-record exchange are the primary use cases for proprietary APIs—just
like with FHIR.

10. Robust Record Exchange and Population Health Are Top
Needs Going Forward

When asked what interoperability use cases their vendor
should focus on in the next two to three years, provider organizations
primarily spoke about enhancements to patient-record exchange.


Onyx, AMA Innovations Form Collaboration to Build FHIR-Based Messaging

Onyx, AMA Innovations Form Collaboration to Build FHIR-Based Messaging

What You Should Know:

– Onyx and AMA Innovations partner to rethink ways FHIR-based messaging technology can improve links between healthcare and community-based organizations.

– As part of the collaboration, both organizations will jointly
target grant opportunities through HHS’ Administration for Community Living’s
Social Care Referrals Challenge Program.


Onyx Technology LLC and AMA Innovations Inc., a technology development subsidiary of the American Medical Association, today announced a collaboration to build connections between healthcare providers and social services organizations. The intent is to support holistic health and social care by improving links between healthcare providers and social care networks. The companies will combine their technical expertise to deliver a powerful, HL7® FHIR®-based interoperability solution in response to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) Innovative Technology Solutions for Social Care Referrals Challenge.

FIRE WIRE for FHIR-Based Secure Messaging

Onyx and AMA Innovations will develop FIRE Wire, an easy-to-use secure messaging solution that will support FHIR-based application programming interfaces (APIs) to link healthcare provider and social services directories. AMA Innovations will build a directory service, publish appropriate standards through HL7, and provide strategic oversight and guidance around the solution. Onyx will develop a secure messaging solution and end-user applications that leverage the directory. If the companies’ entry is accepted into the Challenge, they will present a demo version to ACL in the first half of 2021.

“AMA Innovations’ reach into medical community’s unique knowledge-base and its expertise in delivering clinically relevant solutions, combined with Onyx’s unique expertise with FHIR, will allow us to deliver on the next level of health data sharing while complying with applicable privacy law and best practices,” said AMA Innovations Vice President Tom Giannulli, MD, MS. “FIRE Wire is a lightweight, standards-based messaging and directory solution designed to facilitate secure, private, point-to-point patient information and referral exchange between individuals across organizations. With FIRE Wire, physicians and others will be able to easily establish trust and exchange messages and structured health information.”

To Beat COVID-19, We Need A Modern Approach to Public Health Data

To Beat COVID-19, We Need A Modern Approach to Public Health Data
Ed Simcox, Chief Strategy Officer at LifeOmic

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken 270,000 American lives to date, has shined a light on another crisis — the U.S. currently has no standardized system for reporting public health data. Health departments all over the country resort to using paper, fax, phone, and email to transmit and receive critical information, and essential healthcare workers are spending precious time retyping data into systems from printed reports and PDFs.

At the heart of this lack of a centralized infrastructure for reporting public health data is the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Because of this amendment, the federal government — including the CDC — is not able to mandate that states, providers, or public health entities use a centralized reporting mechanism for managing all public health data. Further, the 10th Amendment also allows states to set up their own IT systems independently of other states and the federal government. The CDC then has to beg for data that sits in bespoke, disparate information systems in each state and territory.

Congress has tried three times in the last fourteen years to fix the issue. In 2006, it passed the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), which required the CDC to establish the near-real-time, electronic, nationwide, public health data-sharing capability. Four years later in 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that not even the most basic planning steps were taken to establish the network. 

Then in 2013, Congress passed the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA), which unsuccessfully called for a near real-time interoperable public health data exchange network. Finally, just months before the current pandemic, Congress passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAI), and our need for such a system is now greater than ever.

An Interoperable Public Health Data System

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) needs to lead the creation of a modern public health data approach on behalf of all public health agencies throughout the country, including the CDC. HHS was given $1 Billion for public health data infrastructure modernization in the recently passed CARES Act.

A modern approach to public health data would cost a fraction of that and must consist of three things: the creation of a gateway to link and securely move data between public health entities, the adoption of and adherence to widely accepted health data standards, and the creation of a cloud-based data hub for transparent analysis and reporting of data.

Creation of a Data Gateway

Data must be complete, timely, and accurate. A single federal data gateway would allow for the secure, two-way flow of data between all of the components of the public health ecosystem. The idea is not to create new, custom systems as we have done in the past, but to create a single gateway system at the federal level that stitches all existing data systems together using modern application programming interfaces (APIs). Such a system will allow data to timely flow between jurisdictions and up to the CDC so that we can collectively inform public health decision-making and public policy. 

We should leverage recently adopted interoperability standards to connect data from existing Electronic Health Records (EHR) and insurance claims systems wherever possible to avoid duplicate entry of data by essential workers.

Adoption of a Standardized Data Model

We need to encourage state and local health organizations to use and promote a standardized approach to collecting data at the points of care, testing, and immunization. 

Fortunately, the public health data interoperability challenge can be solved by supporting the private sector’s move to a standardized data model for healthcare data. Congress spent billions of taxpayer dollars over the past several years incentivizing healthcare providers to adopt electronic health record systems and data interoperability standards, most recently as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, which just saw its regulations go into effect this year. Healthcare providers are busy preparing to accommodate the Cures Act’s updated standards and requirements. The federal government should eat its own dog food by adhering to the same standards when creating the new gateway.

The two main standards to pay attention to are Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and the United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI). Major IT and EHR companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, and Cerner have pledged to support these standards meaning they can immediately begin supporting a new gateway and helping America’s public health system quickly modernize. 

A Cloud-Based Data Hub

Once the data is available, flowing, and standardized, we need a national, cloud-based data hub to begin gaining insights from COVID infection rates, vaccinations, and many other key indicators important to recovering from the pandemic.

Led by HHS with support from OMB and the White House, this new system could be set up within months. There are well-known tools and virtual computing environments that could be put to use right away. A modern data hub would benefit not only the federal government but also the research community and academia, as these organizations play very important roles in helping us further understand and respond to the pandemic.

Most importantly, such a hub would provide transparency and accountability, giving confidence in the data being reported by providing independent reproducibility of conclusions from data analysis.


About Ed Simcox

Ed Simcox is the chief strategy officer of LifeOmic, the creator of LIFE mobile apps, JupiterOne cloud compliance and security operations software, and the Precision Health Cloud platform in use at major medical and cancer centers. Prior to joining LifeOmic, Ed served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the largest civilian government agency in the world. He led efforts at HHS to effectively leverage data, technology, and innovation to improve the lives of the American people and the performance of the Department’s 29 agencies and offices. While CTO, he also served as Acting Chief Information Officer at HHS, where he oversaw the Department’s IT modernization efforts, IT operations, and cybersecurity


Traditional RESTful APIs Will Not Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Interoperability Problems

Traditional RESTful APIs Will Not Solve Healthcare's Biggest Interoperability Problems
Brian Platz, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of Fluree

Interoperability is a big discussion in health care, with
new regulations requiring interoperability for patient data. Most approaches
follow the typical RESTful API approach that has become the standard method for
data exchange. Yet Health Level Seven (HL7), with its new Fast Healthcare Interoperability
Resources (FHIR) standard for the electronic transfer of health data, is
leading to a rash of implementations that, to date, are not solving core interoperability
issues. 

Data is still insecure, users can’t govern their own health
records, and the need for multiple APIs for different participants with
different rights (human and machine) in the network is adding unneeded
expenditures to an already burdened healthcare system. The way out is not to
add more middleware, but to upgrade the basic tools of interoperability in a
way that finally brings healthcare
technology
into the 21st century.  

A Timely Policy 

Doctors, hospitals, pharmacists, insurance providers,
outpatient treatment centers, labs and billing companies are just a few of the
parties that comprise the overcomplicated U.S. healthcare system. 

In digitizing medical files, as required by the 2009 Health
Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, providers
have adopted whatever solution was most convenient. This has led to the mess of
interoperability
issues that HL7 seeks to remedy with FHIR. 

Existing Electronic Medical Records
(EMR)
systems do not easily share data. Best case, patients have to sign
off to share data with two incompatible systems. Worst case, information must
be turned into a physical CD or document to follow the patient between
providers. Data security is also notoriously poor. Hackers prioritized the healthcare sector as their main target in 2019; breach
costs exceeded $17.7 billion.

The New Infrastructure Rush

When common formats, by way of FHIR and HL7, provided
standards and solutions to empower global health data interoperability, the
industry erupted into a flurry of activity. Thousands of healthcare databases
are now being draped in virtual construction tarps and surrounded by digital
scaffolding. 

Building a new, interoperable data ontology for the entire
healthcare system is a massive undertaking. For one, 80% of hospital data is
managed using the cryptic, machine-language HL7 Version 2. Most of the rest
uses the inefficient, dated XML data format. HL7 FHIR promotes the use of more
modern data syntaxes, like JSON and RDF (Turtle). 

Secondly, databases have no notion of the new FHIR schema.
Armies of developers must build frameworks and middleware to facilitate interoperability.
This is why Big Tech incumbents including Google Cloud Healthcare, Amazon AWS
and Microsoft for Healthcare are jumping into the fray with their own
solutions. 

The outcome, once HL7’s 22 resources are fully normative, will
be seamless information sharing, electronic notifications, and collaboration
between every player in the giant web of patients, providers, labs, and
middlemen. But it will come at a steep cost in the current traditionally RESTful
API-based manner that is being broadly pursued. 

The Problem with APIs

The new scaffolding is expensive, takes data control away
from patients, and is not inherently secure. The number of unique APIs required
to support the access, rights and disparate user base in the healthcare network
are the reason. 

Interoperability requires a common syntax and “language” to
enable databases to talk to each other. The average traditional API costs up to
$30,000 to build, plus half that cost to manage annually. That is not to
mention the cost to integrate and secure each API. A small healthcare
organization with only 10 APIs faces costs of $450,000 annually for basic API
services. 

When you consider that most big healthcare organizations will
need to connect thousands of APIs, HL7’s interoperability schema really is the
best way forward. The traditional API tooling to manage the interoperability of
the well-framed data structures, however, is the problem. 

Moreover, the patient, the rightful owner of their own
health record, still doesn’t have the ability to govern their own data. Because
change only happens in the database itself, the manager of the database, not
the patient, controls the data within. 

In the best case, this puts an additional burden on patients
to give explicit permission every time health records move between providers.
In the worst case, a provider sees an entire medical history without a
patient’s consent–your podiatrist seeing your psychiatric records, for
example.

Finally, each API enables one data store to talk to the
next, opening opportunities for bad actors to make changes to databases from
the outside. The firewalls that protect databases and networks are penetrable,
and user profiles are sometimes created outside of the database itself, making
it possible to expose, steal and change data from outside the database. 

In that light, HL7 is paving the wrong road with good
intentions. But there is another way. 

Semantic Standards and Blockchain to the Rescue

If you eliminate data APIs, secure interoperability, with
data governance fully in the hands of the patient, becomes possible. Healthcare
data silos will be replaced with a dynamic, trusted and shared data network
with privacy and security directly baked in. The solution involves adding
semantic standards for full interoperability, blockchain for data governance
and data-centric security. 

Semantic standards, such as RDF formatting and SPARQL
queries, let users quickly and easily gain answers from multiple databases and
other data stores at once. Relational databases, the ones currently in use in healthcare,
are all formatted differently, and need API middleware to talk to one another.
Accurate answers are not guaranteed. Semantic standards, on the other hand,
create a common language between all databases. Instead of untangling the
mismatched definitions and formatting inevitable with relational databases,
doctors’ offices, for example, could easily pull in pertinent patient records,
insurance coverage, and the latest research on diseases.

Patients, for their part, would use blockchain to regain control
of their data. Patients would be able to turn on aspects of their data to
specific caregivers, instead of relinquishing control to database business
managers, as is currently the case. Your podiatrist, in other words, will not
be able to see your psychiatric records unless you choose to share them. 

The data ledger, which lives on the blockchain, will contain
instructions as to who can update (writer new records on) the ledger, who can
read it, and who can make changes. All changes are controlled by private-key
encryption that is in the hands of the patient; only those with authorization
can see select histories of health data (or, as in the case of an ER doctor,
entire histories, with permission). 

Data security is controlled in the data layer itself,
instead of through middleware such as a firewall. Data can be shared without
API, thanks to those semantic standards, and data are natively embedded with
security in the blockchain. Compliance, governance, security and data
management all become easier. Data cannot be stolen or manipulated by an
outside party, the way it commonly is by healthcare hackers today. 

The interoperability conundrum, in other words, is solved.
Fewer APIs means fewer security vulnerabilities; a common, semantic standard
eliminates confusion and minimizes mistakes. Blockchain puts patients in
control of who sees what parts of their health records. Eliminating the need
for API middleware also saves tens of thousands of dollars, at a minimum.


About Brian Platz 

Brian is the Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of Fluree, PBC, a decentralized app platform that aims to remodel how business applications are built. Before establishing Fluree, Brian was the co-founder of SilkRoad technology which expanded to over 2,000 customers and 500 employees in 12 international offices.


CIO: 3 Rules for Meeting ONC/CMS Interoperability, While Improving Cybersecurity

Healthcare data security has been a growing concern for CIOs for the last year or so, as hackers are increasingly targeting health information. Now, with a global pandemic forcing a shift to telemedicine and remote work, and new rules from the ONC and CMS introducing more regulatory burden, healthcare CIOs have more to manage than ever. Fortunately, it is possible to roll out new capabilities while simultaneously improving cybersecurity by following these three rules:

Rule 1: Think Like an Attacker

The coronavirus pandemic has forced healthcare providers everywhere to roll out new capabilities, processes, and workflows, such as telemedicine systems and new patient check-in procedures. These measures are being taken in addition to the necessary work being done to comply with the new mandates from ONC and CMS regarding patient data accessibility. Though these changes need to be implemented quickly, it’s important to follow cybersecurity best practices to avoid providing new openings for attackers. 

When a hacker sees new systems and processes being implemented, they are thinking about:

– What software is being introduced? Are there known vulnerabilities or frequently unpatched exploits associated with it?

– How are new endpoints being added and are they secure?

– Since the new ONC and CMS rules require publicly exposed FHIR APIs, how can those be attacked? Are there social engineering exploits that can provide a way around security?

– Are there ways to perpetrate identity fraud if a patient does not need to be physically present to receive healthcare?

This approach should lead to a cybersecurity plan that puts measures in place for each identified risk. By thinking like the adversary, it is possible to identify and lock down the possible attack vectors. 

Rule 2: Minimize the Attack Surface

Every way into an organization’s network needs to be secured, monitored, and maintained. The best way to make this process as efficient and fool-proof as possible is to minimize the number of ways into the network. 

This is especially difficult in light of the ONC and CMS rules, which require that clinical systems must share data through publicly available FHIR APIs. At first, this seems like a mandate to radically expand the organization’s attack surface. Indeed, this is precisely what happens if the straightforward approach of exposing every clinical system through public APIs is followed. 

A different approach, which provides the same capabilities and compliance with the rules, would be to route all API traffic through a central hub. Attaching all the clinical systems to a single point of API access provides a number of benefits:

– Most importantly, compliance is achieved while minimizing the new attack vectors.

– All traffic between clinical systems and the outside world can be monitored from a single place.

– The API hub can act as a façade that makes legacy systems compliant with the new rules, even if those systems lack native FHIR API capabilities.

The API hub need not be an expensive new component of the network architecture. Most healthcare organizations are already using a clinical integration engine to move HL7, XML, and DICOM traffic among their internal systems. The same technology can serve as an API hub. This is especially effective if a new instance of the integration engine is placed in an isolated part of the network without full access to other systems. 

Rule 3: Have an Expert Review the Defenses

Even for healthcare organizations with cybersecurity experts on staff, it can be worthwhile to bring in a cybersecurity consultant to cross-check new implementations. Novel threats are constantly shifting and emerging, making it nearly impossible for internal IT staff to keep up with the looming threats of ransomware hacks, while also adequately carrying out the day-to-day responsibilities of their jobs. For that reason, it makes sense to bring in a professional who focuses exclusively on security. It is also often useful to have an independent review from someone who is looking at the implementation from an outsider’s perspective. Independent consultants can provide the necessary guidance, risk assessments, and other security support, to set healthcare organizations up for success and operate more securely. 

Expanding an organization’s IT capabilities often means more exposure to risk, especially when implementations are subject to time constraints. However, given the value and importance of the data that’s being generated, transmitted, and stored, it is imperative not to let cybersecurity fall out of focus. By following best practices around design, implementation, and testing healthcare organizations can rise to meet the current challenges of the pandemic, address the mandates of the interoperability rules, and simultaneously improve data security measures. 


About Scott Galbari, Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer for Lyniate, Scott leads the development and delivery of all products and services. Scott has been in the healthcare IT domain for the past twenty years and has experience in developing and delivering imaging, workflow, nursing, interoperability, and patient flow solutions to customers in all geographies. He was most recently the General Manager for multiple businesses within McKesson and Change Healthcare and started his career as a software developer.

About Drew Ivan, Chief Product & Strategy Officer

Drew’s focus is on how to operationalize and productize integration technologies, patterns, and best practices. His experience includes over 20 years in health IT, working with a wide spectrum of customers, including public HIEs, IDNs, payers, life sciences companies, and software vendors, with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing costs by aggregating and analyzing clinical, claims, and cost data.


Regence, MultiCare Health System to Deploy HL7 Da Vinci Member Attribution List for Value-Based Care Arrangements

Regence, MultiCare Health System to Deploy HL7 Da Vinci Member Attribution List for Value-Based Care Arrangements

What You Should Know:

– Regence and MultiCare ink first-in-the-nation value-based
care partnership to deliver improved health outcomes at lower costs.


Health insurance provider Regence
and MultiCare Health System,
an independent accountable
care organization (ACO)
have partnered to deploy a first-in-the-nation value-based model
that delivers better health outcomes to members at lower costs while
simplifying administration for health care providers. Regence serves
approximately 3.1 million members through Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence
BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and
Regence BlueShield (select counties in Washington). The new approach between
Regence and MultiCare Connected Care—the Accountable Care Organization that is
a wholly owned subsidiary of MultiCare Health System—marks a milestone in the
evolution of value-based partnerships between insurance payers and providers.

Da Vinci Member Attribution List Standard for Value-Based
Arrangements

The partnership will leverage utilized a soon to be
published HL7® FHIR® (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) Standard
“Da Vinci Member Attribution List” which was developed by the HL7® Da Vinci Project for
value-based arrangements.  This national standard provides an
interoperable method to share member attribution data assisting in reducing the
burden on provider organizations managing patient data and allowing providers
to spend more time with patients. The Regence and MultiCare partnership establish
a foundation for the development of future population data interoperability
applications, such as the exchange of data for measuring care quality and
outcomes.

Why It Matters

Value-based arrangements result in improved outcomes, lower
costs and fewer care gaps for health plan members, and higher patient and
provider satisfaction. Providers are eligible to earn financial incentives by
meeting established targets for patient outcomes, costs and satisfaction
scores.

By creating efficiencies and security in delivering patient data to providers more frequently, it allows provider organizations to spend less time acquiring the data and more time with the patient.” said Melanie Matthews, president of MultiCare Connected Care. “It frees up providers to do the work of population health and helps us embrace our mission of partnering for a healing and healthy future.”

Innovaccer, SyTrue Partner to Generate Actionable Insights from Healthcare Data

Innovaccer, SyTrue Partner to Generate Actionable Insights from Healthcare Data

What You Should Know:

– Innovaccer partners with SyTrue to uncover powerful insights
and accelerate its efforts to drive healthcare’s digital transformation.

– The integration of SyTrue’s proprietary NLP OS with
Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform will empower healthcare
organizations to identify diagnosis codes and Hierarchical Condition Categories
(HCC) from patient care progress notes and other unstructured texts.


Innovaccer, Inc., a San
Francisco, CA-based healthcare
technology
company, announces its partnership with SyTrue, a leading provider of clinical data
extraction, to generate robust, actionable insights from healthcare data. The
partnership allows Innovaccer to leverage healthcare’s most-advanced Natural
Language Processing Operating System, NLP OSTM, and dive deep into clinical
data,  extracting valuable details about patient health journeys. 

Empowering Healthcare Organizations to Improve Patient
Risk Scores

The integration of SyTrue’s proprietary NLP OS with
Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform will empower healthcare
organizations to identify diagnosis codes and Hierarchical Condition Categories
(HCC) from patient care progress notes and other unstructured texts. With the
ability to gain insights from the unstructured datasets, providers can improve
the accuracy of patient risk scores. 

SyTrue’s NLP OS will empower Innovaccer’s data platform to
semantically search, identify, and discover key elements from medical records
across the organization, delivering relevant, actionable insights at the moment
of care. NLP OS will allow Innovaccer to help its clients extract details about
lab records, medications, vital signs, diagnoses, and other elements from
structured and unstructured sources to successfully meet quality requirements.

The partnership will allow Innovaccer’s customer provider organizations to understand their patients’ medical records in a more comprehensive manner and optimize reimbursement through advanced coding, smart cohort identification, and unstructured data normalization. 

“Creating a longitudinal record is paramount to enabling an intelligent journey throughout our complex healthcare system. Too often, crucial patient data is not included as part of the complete medical record because it is locked in faxes, portable document formats (PDFs) and other unstructured documentation. To unlock the insights contained within these files is expensive and time-consuming,”  says Kyle Silvestro, CEO at SyTrue.  “Our partnership with Innovaccer will reduce the time and cost to create intelligent and comprehensive insights which will significantly enhance the patient journey.”

Microsoft Deploys COVID-19 Vaccine Management Platform

Microsoft Deploys COVID-19 Vaccine Management Platform

What You Should Know:

– Microsoft launches a COVID-19 vaccine management platform with partners Accenture and Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global to help government and healthcare customers provide fair and equitable vaccine distribution, administration, and monitoring of vaccine delivery. 

– Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) has deployed
over 230 emergency COVID-19 response missions globally since the pandemic began
in March, including recent engagements to ensure the equitable, secure and
efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.


With COVID-19 vaccines soon to be available, Microsoft
announced it has launched a COVID-19 vaccine management platform together with
industry partners Accenture, Avandae, EY, and Mazik Global. The COVID-19
vaccine management solutions will enable registration capabilities for patients
and providers, phased scheduling for vaccinations, streamlined reporting, and
management dashboarding with analytics and forecasting.

These offerings are helping public health agencies and
healthcare providers to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals in an
efficient, equitable and safe manner. The underlying technologies and approach
have been tested and deployed with prior COVID-19 use cases, including contact
tracing, COVID-19 testing, and return to work and return to school programs.

To date, Microsoft
Consulting Services (MCS)
 has deployed over 230 emergency COVID-19
response missions globally since the pandemic began in March, including recent
engagements to ensure the equitable, secure and efficient distribution of the
COVID-19 vaccine. MCS has developed an offering, the Vaccination Registration
and Administration Solution (VRAS), which advances the capabilities of their
COVID-19 solution portfolio and enables compliant administration of resident
assessment, registration and phased scheduling for vaccine distribution. 

Key features of the solutions include:

– tracking and reporting of immunization progress through
secure data exchange that utilizes industry standards, such as Health Level
Seven (HL7), Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and open APIs.

– health providers and pharmacies can monitor and report on
the effectiveness of specific vaccine batches, and health administrators can
easily summarize the achievement of vaccine deployment goals in large
population groups

Partnership Offerings

Microsoft partners have leveraged the Microsoft cloud to
provide customers with additional offerings to support vaccine management.
These offerings also apply APIs, HL7 and FHIR to enable interoperability and
integration with existing systems of record, artificial intelligence to
generate accurate and geo-specific predictive analytics, and secure
communications using Microsoft Teams.

EY has partnered with Microsoft for the EY Vaccine
Management Solution to enable patient-provider engagement, supply chain
visibility, and Internet of Things (IoT) real-time monitoring of the vaccines.
Additionally, the EY Vaccine Analytics Solution is an integrated COVID-19 data
and analytics tool supporting stakeholders in understanding population and
geography-specific vaccine uptake.

Mazik Global has created the MazikCare Vaccine Flow that is built on Power Apps and utilizes
pre-built templates to implement scalable solutions to accelerate the mass
distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Providers will be able to seek out
specific populations based on at-risk criteria to prioritize distribution.
Patients can self-monitor and have peace of mind to head-off adverse reactions.

Amazon Launches HealthLake for Healthcare Orgs to Aggregate & Structure Health Data

AWS Announces Amazon HealthLake

What You Should Know:

– Amazon today announced the launch of Amazon HealthLake,
a new HIPAA-eligible service enables healthcare organizations to store, tag,
index, standardize, query, and apply machine learning to analyze data at
petabyte scale in the cloud.

– Cerner, Ciox Health, Konica Minolta Precision Medicine,
and Orion Health among customers using Amazon HealthLake.


Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon
Web Services, Inc. (AWS),
an Amazon.com company today announced Amazon HealthLake, a
HIPAA-eligible service for healthcare and life sciences organizations. Current
Amazon HealthLake customers include Cerner, Ciox Health, Konica Minolta
Precision Medicine, and Orion Health.

Health data is frequently incomplete and inconsistent, and is often unstructured, with the information contained in clinical notes, laboratory reports, insurance claims, medical images, recorded conversations, and time-series data (for example, heart ECG or brain EEG traces) across disparate formats and systems. Every healthcare provider, payer, and life sciences company is trying to solve the problem of structuring the data because if they do, they can make better patient support decisions, design better clinical trials, and operate more efficiently.

Store, transform, query, and analyze health data in
minutes

Amazon HealthLake aggregates an organization’s complete data across various silos and disparate formats into a centralized AWS data lake and automatically normalizes this information using machine learning. The service identifies each piece of clinical information, tags, and indexes events in a timeline view with standardized labels so it can be easily searched, and structures all of the data into the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) industry-standard format for a complete view of the health of individual patients and entire populations.

Benefits for Healthcare Organizations

As a result, Amazon HealthLake makes it easier for customers to query, perform analytics, and run machine learning to derive meaningful value from the newly normalized data. Organizations such as healthcare systems, pharmaceutical companies, clinical researchers, health insurers, and more can use Amazon HealthLake to help spot trends and anomalies in health data so they can make much more precise predictions about the progression of the disease, the efficacy of clinical trials, the accuracy of insurance premiums, and many other applications.

How It Works

Amazon HealthLake offers medical providers, health insurers,
and pharmaceutical companies a service that brings together and makes sense of
all their patient data, so healthcare organizations can make more precise
predictions about the health of patients and populations. The new
HIPAA-eligible service enables organizations to store, tag, index, standardize,
query, and apply machine learning to analyze data at petabyte scale in the
cloud.

Amazon HealthLake allows organizations to easily copy health
data from on-premises systems to a secure data lake in the cloud and normalize
every patient record across disparate formats automatically. Upon ingestion,
Amazon HealthLake uses machine learning trained to understand medical
terminology to identify and tag each piece of clinical information, index
events into a timeline view, and enrich the data with standardized labels
(e.g., medications, conditions, diagnoses, procedures, etc.) so all this
information can be easily searched.

For example, organizations can quickly and accurately find
answers to their questions like, “How has the use of cholesterol-lowering
medications helped our patients with high blood pressure last year?” To do this,
customers can create a list of patients by selecting “High Cholesterol” from a
standard list of medical conditions, “Oral Drugs” from a menu of treatments,
and blood pressure values from the “Blood Pressure” structured field – and then
they can further refine the list by choosing attributes like time frame,
gender, and age. Because Amazon HealthLake also automatically structures all of
a healthcare organization’s data into the FHIR industry format, the information
can be easily and securely shared between health systems and with third-party
applications, enabling providers to collaborate more effectively and allowing
patients unfettered access to their medical information.

“There has been an explosion of digitized health data in recent years with the advent of electronic medical records, but organizations are telling us that unlocking the value from this information using technology like machine learning is still challenging and riddled with barriers,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Amazon Machine Learning for AWS. “With Amazon HealthLake, healthcare organizations can reduce the time it takes to transform health data in the cloud from weeks to minutes so that it can be analyzed securely, even at petabyte scale. This completely reinvents what’s possible with healthcare and brings us that much closer to everyone’s goal of providing patients with more personalized and predictive treatment for individuals and across entire populations.”

Google Cloud Launches Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program

Google Cloud Launches Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program

What You Should Know:

– Google Cloud launches Healthcare Interoperability
Readiness Program to help healthcare organizations achieve healthcare data interoperability.


Today,
Google Cloud launched the Google Cloud Healthcare Interoperability Readiness
Program, helping organizations achieve data interoperability in advance of
upcoming HHS deadlines and to enable future innovation. Alongside partners like Bain, BCG, Deloitte, HCL,
KPMG, SADA, and more, the Healthcare Interoperability
Readiness Program will help healthcare organizations understand the current status
of their data and where it resides, map out a path to standardization and
integration, and make use of data in a secure, reliable, compliant manner.

Google Cloud Interoperability Readiness Program

This program provides a comprehensive set of
services for interoperability, including: 

HealthAPIx Accelerator provides
the jumpstart for the interoperability implementation efforts. With best
practices, pre-built templates and lessons learned from our customer and
partner implementations, it offers a blueprint for healthcare stakeholders and
app developers to build FHIR API-based digital experiences.

Apigee API Management provides the underpinning and enables a security and governance layer to deliver, manage, secure and scale APIs; consume and publish FHIR-ready APIs for partners and developers; build robust API analytics, and accelerate the rollout of digital solutions.

Google Cloud Healthcare API enables
secure methods (including de-identification) for ingesting, transforming,
harmonizing, and storing your data in the latest FHIR formats, as well as HL7v2
and DICOM, and serves as a secondary longitudinal data store to streamline data
sharing, application development, and analytics with BigQuery. 

– Interoperability toolkit that includes solution architectures, implementation guides, sandboxes, and other resources to help accelerate interoperability adoption and streamline compliance with standards such as FHIR R4. 

COVID-19 Pandemic Underscores Drive to Accelerate
Interoperability

“With COVID-19 underscoring the importance of even more data sharing and flexibility, the next few years promise to accelerate data interoperability and the adoption of open standards even further—ideally ushering in new and meaningful partnerships across the care continuum, new avenues for business growth, and new pathways for patient-centered innovation,” stated in the announcement blog post.  

Innovaccer, Surescripts Integrate to Leverage Medication Data for Patients

Innovaccer, Surescripts Integrate to Leverage Medication Data for Patients

What You Should Know:

Innovaccer partners with Surescripts to power its data activation platform
with the most comprehensive medication data.

– The partnership will enable the company to conduct
smart medication reconciliation and ensure that patients are complying with
their care protocols.


Innovaccer, Inc., a San
Francisco, CA-based healthcare
technology
company, announced its partnership with Surescripts, the nation’s leading health
information network, to leverage the industry’s most comprehensive medication
data. This partnership will enable Innovaccer to enhance its medication
adherence powered by its FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform.

Integration Provides Access to Medication Data for Specific Patient Populations

The integration of Surescripts with Innovaccer’s data platform will strengthen their ability to identify and triage at-risk patient populations and drive better care coordination. With access to integrated data on 314 million patients through Surescripts’ nationwide health information network, the company will enhance its analytics and care management capabilities. 

The partnership will enable Innovaccer to leverage
Surescripts Medication History for Populations to confidently pinpoint and
close care gaps in the patient data that is refreshed daily. Additionally, it
will empower them to highlight cases of medication non-adherence and potential
abuse. This capability will allow Innovaccer’s provider clients to measure
medication metrics for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
reimbursement and avoid penalties. 

Addressing Medication Adherence Pain Points

Together, Surescripts and Innovaccer will address the major pain points with medication adherence among the patients and healthcare organizations. With the insights provided by Surescripts medication data, Innovaccer will assist physicians and care teams in driving better care management by creating personalized care plans. Integrating this information on the data platform, users can obtain the whole view of the patient in a single click.

“With access to medication information for specific patient populations, providers in value-based care arrangements can help manage cost-effective care and optimize clinical interventions for patients at risk of medication non-adherence,” explained Ryan Hess, Vice President of Innovation at Surescripts. “Our nationwide network delivers a more complete and accurate electronic picture of patients’ medication history for better informed, more efficient and safer care decisions.

Innovaccer Launches AI-Enabled Patient Relationship Management Solution

Innovaccer Launches AI-Enabled Patient Relationship Management Solution

What You Should Know:

– Innovaccer launches its artificial
intelligence (AI)-enabled patient relationship management solution to
streamline communication between patients and their care teams.

– The solution enables
providers and member teams to move beyond treating illness to facilitating
proactive care by building productive, long-term relationships with patients.


Innovaccer, Inc., a San Francisco, CA-based healthcare technology
company, today launched its artificial
intelligence (AI)-
enabled patient relationship management solution to streamline communication between patients and their care
teams. The solution increases revenue by helping care staff use their time more
efficiently, enabling personalized outreach over a broad patient base with
comprehensive, data-driven, and fully-coordinated care.

The absence
of widely available, easy-to-use systems that automate tasks, such as
scheduling follow-up calls, developing and distributing targeted
communications, and properly responding to questions, makes managing ongoing
relationships difficult, especially for patients with complex medical
conditions. To eliminate such communication barriers, the solution uses
powerful analytics to provide a 360-degree view of patients along with their
utilization trends to easily stratify the most vulnerable patients. With these
views in place, providers can take suitable steps and group patients based on
shared conditions or goals for improved medical management and care delivery.

Enabling
2-Way Communication at Population & Individual Levels

Built on top of Innovaccer’s proprietary FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform, the solution enables HIPAA-compliant, two-way communication channels to engage patients at both the population and individual levels. The solution enables care teams to easily manage appointments, monitor patient ratings, and feedback, and conduct one-click appointment booking and prescription renewals. With the solution, the care teams can create patient cohorts based on disease, region, and various other parameters to send bulk outreach emails. It simplifies the process of connecting healthcare teams with patients to provide administrative and clinical support.

“Patient-centricity is the essence of healthcare, and artificial intelligence has always been viewed as the answer to achieving individualized, consumer-oriented healthcare,” says Abhinav Shashank, CEO at Innovaccer. “With our patient relationship management solution, we will   resolve the complexity that prevents healthcare organizations from building strong patient relationships. Our goal is to enable healthcare teams to care as one for their patients.”

Banner Health Taps Innovaccer’s Data Activation Platform to Power Digital Transformation

Banner Health Taps Kyruus to Enhance Patient-Provider Matching Across Network

What You Should Know:

– Banner Health, one of the country’s largest non-profit healthcare systems, has partnered with Innovaccer for its digital transformation.

– Banner Health will leverage the platform to create unified patient records that drive comprehensive, preventive, and whole-person care solutions for patients across the care continuum.


Banner Health,
one of the country’s largest non-profit healthcare systems, has partnered with Innovaccer, Inc., a leading healthcare
technology company, to leverage its FHIR-enabled Data Activation
Platform to realize digital transformation in their care delivery. The
partnership will consolidate their health data and several vendors and
transform the way they manage healthcare data to drive actionable insights and
their population health management strategy for more than one million lives.

Creating Unified Patient Records to Drive Whole-Person
Care Across Care Continuum

As an integral part of their digital transformation journey, Banner Health will leverage the platform to create unified patient records that drive comprehensive, preventive, and whole-person care solutions for patients across the care continuum. The health system will integrate clinical and payer data distributed across its multiple practices, hospitals, and systems. The platform supports FHIR APIs and complies with the latest FHIR v4.0.1 version to ensure seamless data exchange across the network. 

Digital First Approach to Banner Health Network

As a part of the “digital-first” approach and to gain a more
comprehensive view of its network, Banner Health will leverage InGraph,
Innovaccer’s solution that generates insights using analyses with population
stratification, advanced analytics and customizable dashboards.

With the platform’s point-of-care alerts and digitally
connected ecosystem, Banner Health will engage its network providers with
real-time updates on care gaps, coding gaps, and other relevant information for
a comprehensive view of their patients. Combined with Innovaccer’s referral
management solution, these insights will enable them to conduct value-based
referrals and reduce network leakage. 

Banner providers will be able to assign the appropriate care
management pathways for particular patient populations designed in
collaboration with Innovaccer. The digitally connected environment provided by
the platform will enable the organization to personalize healthcare experiences
for their patients with outreach and virtual patient engagement
strategies. 

“Banner Health’s mission is to ‘make health care easier, so that life can be better.’ Technology plays a critical role in our efforts to create a robust population health management strategy. In our partnership with Innovaccer, we are confident in our path forward. Their comprehensive set of solutions is exactly what our population health management program needs,” says Julie F. Smith, VP of Clinical Applications at Banner Health.

Innovaccer Unveils Risk Adjustment Solution For Improved Coding Accuracy

Innovaccer Launches Risk Adjustment Solution For Improved Coding Accuracy

What You Should Know:

– Innovaccer unveils new risk adjustment solution to help providers better segment their population to refine the risk scoring process and improve coding accuracy and efficiency, thereby improving performance on risk-based contracts.

– The solution utilizes Artificial Intelligence (AI) and
Natural Language Processing (NLP) to make risk predictions.


Innovaccer, Inc., a
leading healthcare
technology
company, has launched its Risk Adjustment
Solution
. Leveraging Innovaccer’s industry-leading, FHIR-enabled Data
Activation Platform, providers can better segment their population to refine
the risk scoring process and improve coding accuracy and efficiency, thereby
improving performance on risk-based contracts. The solution utilizes Artificial Intelligence
(AI)
and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to make risk predictions. By
improving care management workflows, Innovaccer works to help all members of
the health team care as one.

Addressing End-to-End Risk Adjustment

Innovaccer’s solution is designed to address end-to-end risk
adjustment needs by allowing providers to use actionable insights on dropped
codes and suspected codes across various risk models. The solution works with
the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid hierarchical condition categories
(CMS-HCC), Department of Health and Human Services hierarchical condition
categories (HHS-HCC), and the Chronic Illness and Disability Payment System
(CDPS), helping providers improve coding accuracy.

Segment Patient Population Based on Risk Scores

Providers can identify codes that can be integrated into the
EHR using simple
steps through advanced risk adjustment analytics. Innovaccer’s platform can
also segment the patient population based on risk scores available through
historical data and provide dashboards to identify details related to Risk
Adjustment Factor (RAF) and risk capture trends. Providing curated insights to
risk coders prevents them from having to switch between multiple screens,
reducing the time spent on coding processes.

“Innovaccer’s Risk Adjustment Solution caters to all risk management needs through one seamless platform. It is AI and NLP ready, and by leveraging the platform’s smarter workflows and actionable insights, providers can decrease time spent on risk-related coding by up to 40%. The solution helps providers to refine the risk scoring process and improve coding accuracy and efficiency for improved performance on risk-based contracts,” says Abhinav Shashank, CEO at Innovaccer.

Apple Rolls Out Health Records on iPhone to the UK, Canada

Apple Rolls Out Health Records on iPhone to the UK, Canada:

Today, Apple announced
the Health Records feature within the Health app is now available for users in
the UK and Canada to securely view and store their medical records right on
their iPhone, with their privacy protected at all times. Oxford University
Hospitals and Women’s College Hospital has been selected the first healthcare
institutions in the UK and Canada to make this feature available to their
patients.

How Health Records Works

Health Records creates a direct connection between medical
institutions and a patient’s iPhone, allowing users to see a central view of
their allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications,
procedures, and vitals across multiple institutions, and to be notified when
their data is updated. Apple utilizes a direct, encrypted connection between
the user’s iPhone and the healthcare organization to protect patient’s privacy.

All Health Records data is encrypted on device and protected
with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. Apple worked closely
with Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, and InterSystems to enable the FHIR (Fast
Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standards-based integration with the
Health app for their UK and Canadian customers.

To date, over 500 institutions currently support Health
Records on iPhone, listing more than 11,000 care locations. Previously,
patients’ medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients
to log in to each healthcare provider’s website to piece together their health
information manually.

Availability

The Health Records feature in the Health app is available to
patients of the medical institutions listed below.

UK

– Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Oxford,
UK

– Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust –
Milton Keynes, UK

Canada

– Women’s College Hospital – Toronto, Ontario

– St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – Hamilton, Ontario

– Mackenzie Health – Richmond Hill, Ontario

Dignity Health Management Services to Leverage Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform

Dignity Health Management Services to Leverage Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform

What You Should Know:

– Dignity Health Management Services (DHMSO), the largest
health system in the state of California to transform their network health data
into actionable insights.

– With this partnership, the organization will leverage
Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform to better manage healthcare
services for its attributed patients.


Dignity Health Management Services
(DHMSO), a healthcare management company part of CommonSpirit Health, that helps providers
and payers deliver better clinical outcomes through innovative tools and
technology is
partnering with Innovaccer. As part of
the partnership, DHMSO will leverage Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation
Platform and built-in solutions to enhance its care management approach while
engaging their network providers and payers in real-time.

Transform Network Health Data Into
Actionable Insights

DHMSO will integrate its clinical
and financial data from multiple sources on Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data
Activation Platform. Once the data is integrated on the platform, the
organization will power multiple care processes. This platform supports
critical FHIR API resources and solves numerous data-exchange challenges for
providers and payers. DHMSO will have the advantage of real-time data sharing
and true interoperability with the platform.

To achieve a comprehensive overview
of its network, Dignity Health Management Services will also use InGraph,
Innovaccer’s population health management solution built on top of the
FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform. DHMSO’s leaders will view drilled-down
analysis of their under-performing parameters through InGraph’s 60+ patient
stratification features and advanced analytics offered by customizable
dashboards. They will be able to identify, have a complete overview of, and
gain insight into their cohort of at-risk patients to track utilization and
trends. The organization will be empowered to implement care management
improvements and follow results within different management spheres, adjusting
as needed to drive optimum healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.
Additionally, billing processes for patient visits will be simplified and
automated through the platform’s automated reporting feature.

Using
InNote, Innovaccer’s point-of-care technology, the organization will furnish
its providers with a full view of their patient’s healthcare journey right at
the moment of care. This will enable DHMSO and its healthcare teams to focus on
closing the care and coding gaps in real-time to deliver quality outcomes with
high efficiency.

“At Dignity
Health Management Services, we believe in keeping our patients happy, healthy,
and whole every day. It is our goal to meet the physical, mental, and spiritual
needs of every patient. This partnership with Innovaccer will strengthen our
approach towards achieving this goal. Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation
Platform will assist us as we work toward improvements in our care delivery,
and will be a great addition to our strategy,” says Dr. Soham Shah, Medical
Director of Clinical Informatics & Quality Management, Dignity Health
Management Services.

CancerIQ Raises $5M to Expand Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Platform

CancerIQ Raises $5M to Expand Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Platform

What You Should Know:

– CancerIQ raises $5M in Series A funding led by HealthXVentures to accelerate the growth of its genetic cancer risk assessment platform to identify and manage patients at high risk of cancer.

– CancerIQ’s technology enables hospitals to use genomics
to personalize the prevention and early detection of cancer.

– Two new hires recently joined CancerIQ’s newly formed
Integrated Products team from Epic, with the goal of advancing CancerIQ’s
integration with leading EMRs.


CancerIQ, an
enterprise precision health platform for cancer, today announced it has raised
$4.8M in Series A funding led by HealthX
Ventures
, a digital
health-focused
venture capital firm led by Mark Bakken, the founder and
former CEO of Nordic Consulting, the
largest Epic consulting firm. CancerIQ will use the funding to accelerate the
growth of its current offering and deepen integrations with EHRs and genetic
testing partners. Other institutional investors including Impact Engine and
Lightbank, co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky (founder of Tempus and co-founder of
Groupon) and Brad Keywell (co-founder of Groupon), also participated in the
round.


Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Platform to Manage
Patients at High Risk of Cancer

Founded in 2013, CancerIQ helps healthcare providers use genetic information to predict, preempt, and prevent cancer across populations in both urban and rural settings. By analyzing family history, running predictive risk models, and automating NCCN guidelines, CancerIQ empowers providers with the genetic expertise to prevent cancer or catch it early.

CancerIQ’s workflows enable health systems to execute
precision health strategies for patients predisposed to cancer, by:

• Identifying the 25 percent of the patient population that
qualifies for genetic testing

• Streamlining the genetic testing and counseling process,
via telehealth if required

• Managing high-risk patients over time

• Tracking outcomes at the individual and population levels

In addition, the platform allows hospitals to convert their
cancer risk assessment and management programs to virtual visits with its
complete telehealth cancer risk platform. CancerIQ has been rapidly adopted by
some of the top health systems in the country and fully integrates with
genetics laboratories, EHRs, and specialty software vendors to streamline
workflow, guide clinician decision making, achieve cost savings, and — most
importantly — improve patient outcomes.


Recent Traction/Milestones

CancerIQ will use the funding to accelerate the growth of
its current offering and deepen integrations with EHRs and genetic testing
partners. The company is experiencing a rapid growth year despite the COVID-19
crisis. Precision health has become an even more important technique for early
detection and prevention of disease. Over 80,000 patients have missed their
cancer screening appointments, but health systems are rapidly adopting CancerIQ
to triage and prioritize those in need of most urgent care.

“Partnering with HealthX allows us to build on the solid foundation we have serving over 70 institutions, and enable system-wide precision health,” said Feyi Ayodele, CEO, CancerIQ.


Addition of Strategic Hires to Epic Integration Team

Two new hires recently joined CancerIQ’s newly formed
Integrated Products team from Epic, with the goal of advancing CancerIQ’s
integration with leading EMRs:

Lisa Glaspie, Director of Integrated Products

– Glaspie spent 16 years at Epic, where she was directly involved in many integrations, data management, and conversion projects spanning a wide array of clinical and specialty system vendors, as well as custom in-house products. She will inform how CancerIQ can be deeply integrated across more clinical specialties.

Ashar Wasi, Integrated Product Specialist

– Wasi spent the last 11 years at Epic on the implementation
team for Epic’s radiology and cardiology modules. At CancerIQ, he will help
client teams understand different integration methods and provide context on
the scalability of CancerIQ’s FHIR-based approach.

“To engage primary care, radiology, and cardiology in precision health — we need our content to be deeply embedded in the EHR systems they already use. We’re excited to bring Lisa and Ashar on board for their domain expertise with Epic, so fewer high risk patients fall through the cracks,” added Ayodele.


Redox Adds Data on Demand, Single Sign-On Access to Interoperability Platform

Redox Launches Rapid Deployment Telehealth Model for Providers to Go-Live in Less Than 2 Weeks

What You Should Know:

– Redox adds data on demand and single sign-on access
features to its cloud interoperability platform to help to simplify the process
of developing software for healthcare.

– Both new features are now available to all customers on
the Redox platform.

Redox
Inc.
, a Madison, WI-based interoperability platform for healthcare data
exchange, unveiled Data on Demand, which enables software developers to query
any electronic health
record (EHR)
or healthcare data source via the Redox API. Powered by a
FHIR-conformant data storage architecture, Data on Demand is pre-built
integration infrastructure designed to simplify and normalize the integration
experience and reduce the technical burden of consuming hundreds or thousands
of messages per day. In addition, the company has added Single Sign-on that allows applications using Redox to make
it easier for providers to launch their products from within their EHR in an
efficient manner. Both features are available to all customers on the Redox
platform. 

Data on Demand and Single Sign-on Simplify the Process of
Developing Software

Redox continues to expand the integration capabilities
healthcare software developers can access through a single API with these new
features:

Data on Demand converts traditional HL7 feeds into a
data store that application developers can query on demand. This provides a
consistent integration experience that works with both the push- and API-based
integrations provided by EHR companies. Regardless of how data is provided by
the EHR, Redox customers can more easily manage the volume of messages and
logic needed to update information, allowing them to focus on getting the data
that they want, when they want it. No other integration vendor can turn HL7
feeds into reusable queries.

Single Sign-On (SSO) allows customers to improve the
provider’s experience with their products by sharing login credentials and
pertinent patient or visit context along with patient data that they’ve
collected. This allows applications on the Redox network to securely connect to
other applications and share the login context for a user. Customers trust Redox
to verify that the SSO request is valid, and Redox normalizes and pulls the
information to launch the application.

“Redox continues to develop the robust integration
capabilities software developers need to navigate the fragmented world of data
exchange and interoperability in healthcare,” said Niko Skievaski, co-founder
and president, Redox. “The Redox API is transforming the way healthcare
organizations access and share data. Our company’s ultimate goal is to enable
the frictionless adoption of technology in healthcare, and we’re making great
strides as the interoperability standard and one-stop-shop for our customers.” 

Central Maine Healthcare, Innovaccer Partner to Power Data-driven Telehealth Capabilities

Central Maine Healthcare, Innovaccer Partner to Power Data-driven Telehealth Capabilities

What You Should Know:

– Innovaccer has recently partnered with Central Maine
Healthcare (CMH), an integrated healthcare delivery system that serves over
400,000 people in the central, western, and mid-coast regions of the state, to
connect providers with their patients through data-driven telehealth, powered
by its FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform.

– The care delivery system will conduct data-enabled
virtual visits to assist its providers with efficient, remote care amid the
COVID-19 crisis and beyond.


Innovaccer, Inc., a
San Francisco, CA-based healthcare technology company, has partnered with Central Maine Healthcare (CMH), an integrated
healthcare delivery system that serves over 400,000 people in the central,
western, and mid-coast regions of the state, to connect providers with their
patients through data-driven telehealth,
powered by its FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform. The collaboration will
empower physicians at CMH with the ability to care for their patients with
real-time virtual visits and remote consultation experiences during the
pandemic.

When many patients are reluctant to visit the clinic to
avoid potential exposure to the coronavirus, healthcare organizations are
implementing virtual exam rooms and data-enabled telehealth visits for
chronically-ill patients in their care. 

With Innovaccer’s Virtual Care solution built on top of its
FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform and its data-driven telehealth
capabilities, the providers at CMH can conduct online patient consultations as
seamlessly as traditional onsite visits. The care teams at CMH can streamline
their workflows with the solution’s automated bulk messaging and outreach
capabilities. The platform will also assist providers in expediting the
follow-up process through telehealth consultations with secure messaging and
improve patient engagement with the health system. 

In addition to scheduling HIPAA-compliant HD video visits,
the solution’s virtual patient examination room can empower providers at CMH to
send and receive pre-visit assessments, texts, and email through secure
messaging.

Providers at CMH will be using the Virtual Care solution to
provide educational material for their patients, conduct smart outreach and
enable pre-visit planning with accurate patient self-assessments. With the
solution, providers at CMH can manage post-call logs to streamline their care
management approach.  

Given the situation we are all in, healthcare needed a new approach to tackle the pandemic. Central Maine Healthcare adopted a modern approach to care delivery where our primary focus was to offer our patients a virtual care option to make it easier for them to seek care, wherever they may be. Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform expertise will be helpful for us in strengthening our virtual care and it will be a good addition to our strategy going forward,” says Steven Martel, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, CMH

Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Azure IoT Connector for FHIR to Empower Health Teams

Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Azure IoT Connector for FHIR to Empower Health Teams

What You Should Know:

– Microsoft released the public preview of Azure IoT
Connector for FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), the latest
update to the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare.

– The Azure IoT Connector for FHIR makes it easy for
health developers to set up a pipeline to manage protected health information
(PHI) from IoT devices and enable care teams to view patient data in context
with clinical records in FHIR.


This week, Microsoft released the preview of Azure
IoT Connector for FHIR
—a fully managed feature of the Azure API for FHIR.
The connector empowers health teams with the technology for a scalable
end-to-end pipeline to ingest, transform, and manage Protected Health
Information (PHI) data from devices using the security of FHIR APIs.

Telehealth
and remote monitoring. It’s long been talked about in the delivery of
healthcare, and while some areas of health have created targeted use cases in
the last few years, the availability of scalable telehealth platforms that can
span multiple devices and schemas has been a barrier. Yet in a matter of
months, COVID-19 has accelerated the discussion. There is an urgent need for
care teams to find secure and scalable ways to deliver remote monitoring
platforms and to extend their services to patients in the home environment.

Unlike other services that can use generic video services
and data transfer in virtual settings, telehealth visits and remote monitoring
in healthcare require data pipelines that can securely manage Protected Health
Information (PHI). To be truly effective, they must also be designed for
interoperability with existing health software like electronic medical record
platforms. When it comes to remote monitoring scenarios, privacy, security, and
trusted data exchanges are must-haves. Microsoft is actively investing in
FHIR-based health technology like the Azure IoT Connector for FHIR to ensure
health customers have an ecosystem they trust.

Azure IoT Connector for FHIR Key Features

With the Azure IoT Connector for FHIR available as a feature
on Microsoft’s cloud-based FHIR service, it’s now quick and easy for health
developers to set up an ingestion pipeline, designed for security to manage PHI
from IoT devices. The Azure IoT Connector for FHIR focuses on biometric data at
the ingestion layer, which means it can connect at the device-to-cloud or cloud-to-cloud
workstreams. Health data can be sent to Event Hub, Azure IoT Hub, or Azure IoT
Central, and is converted to FHIR resources, which enables care teams to view
patient data captured from IoT devices in context with clinical records in
FHIR.

Key features of the Azure IoT Connector for FHIR include:

– Conversion of biometric data (such as blood glucose, heart
rate, or pulse ox) from connected devices into FHIR resources.

– Scalability and real-time data processing.

– Seamless integration with Azure IoT solutions and Azure
Stream Analytics.

– Role-based Access Control (RBAC) allows for managing
access to device data at scale in Azure API for FHIR.

– Audit log tracking for data flow.

– Helps with compliance in the cloud: ISO 27001:2013 certified supports HIPAA and GDPR, and built on the HITRUST certified Azure platform.

Microsoft customers are already ushering in the next generation of healthcare

Some of the healthcare organizations who are embracing the technology include:

– Humana will accelerate remote monitoring programs for
patients living with chronic conditions at its senior-focused primary care
subsidiary, Conviva Care Centers.

– Sensoria is enabling secure data exchange from its Motus
Smart remote patient monitoring device, allowing clinicians to see real-time
data and proactively reach out to patients to manage care.

– Centene is managing personal biometric data and will
explore near-real-time monitoring and alerting as part of its overall priority
on improving the health of its members.

Emtiro Health Taps Innovaccer to Leverage the FHIR-Enabled Data Activation Platform

Emtiro Health Taps Innovaccer to Leverage the FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform

What You Should Know:

Emtiro Health, an
innovative population health company in North Carolina has selected Innovaccer
to deliver data-powered solutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness
of care delivery. 

– Powered by Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation
Platform, Emtiro Health will create unified patient records that drive
comprehensive, whole-person care management, no matter where they are on the
care continuum. The FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform will also deliver
highly actionable data, automated care management workflows, and smart patient
engagement.


Emitro Health, a
Winston Salem, NC-based population
health
company, today announced a partnership with Innovaccer, a San Francisco, CA-based
healthcare technology to enable the effective delivery of services to the
patients and providers supported by Emtiro Health.

Emitro Health Background

Emtiro Health supports providers, systems, and payers with unparalleled expertise and knowledge augmented by data and analytics. This platform enhances the patient experience and improves outcomes while delivering effective healthcare at a lower cost. Emtiro Health addresses the systemic barriers to total wellbeing and helps patients chart a course to brighter futures. The organization’s experienced team brings diverse backgrounds and skillsets to complement a whole-practice approach from practice optimization and transformation, data analytics, and quality reporting to the integration of services, such as clinical pharmacy and behavioral health.

Leveraging FHIR-enabled
Data Activation Platform

Emtiro Health Taps Innovaccer to Leverage the FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform

Powered by Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform, Emtiro Health will create unified patient records that drive comprehensive, whole-person care management, no matter where they are on the care continuum. The FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform will also deliver highly actionable data, automated care management workflows, and smart patient engagement. Emtiro Health’s provider partners will be equipped with point-of-care insights that surface relevant information for patient health in real-time. The entire suite of solutions will enable Emtiro Health to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of both providers and care, management teams, allowing them to care as one for patients.

Unified Health Record

Innovaccer’s
FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform helps healthcare organizations obtain a
complete picture through their unified patient record. The data is then
activated for smart analytics and decision support — so, care teams have the
crucial information they need to provide better care and to care as one.

“Emtiro Health selected Innovaccer to provide customized business intelligence and analytics solutions to our partners to revolutionize how the right level of care is delivered to the right patient at the right time. The Innovaccer data platform coupled with Emtiro Health’s expertise in delivering a total population health model of care management is a game-changer for providers and patients alike,” said Kelly Garrison, President and CEO of Emtiro Health. “In practice, this collaboration will mean more informed care, healthier individuals and healthier communities in North Carolina.”