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athenahealth Acquires Care Coordination Platform Patient IO

August 29, 2016
by Heather Landi
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athenahealth has acquired Austin-based care coordination platform Patient IO (officially known as Filament Labs, Inc.) and the mobile solution will form the basis for athenahealth’s patient-facing mobile app, athenaWell.

Patient IO is a mobile and web-based application that turns care plans into actionable daily tasks for patients and providers use the care coordination platform to engage patients and caregivers outside the four walls of the clinic.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Patient IO was founded in 2013 by Jason Bornhorst, Colin Anawaty, and Brian Gambs, and athenahealth initially made an investment in Patient IO in October 2015 through its More Disruption Please (MDP) Accelerator program. Patient IO is athenahealth’s second acquisition of an MDP Accelerator portfolio company, following the company's acquisition of Arsenal Health in April.

“Care coordination and patient self-management is the next big ground on which healthcare will compete,” Jon Porter, senior vice president of emerging services at athenahealth, said in a prepared statement.

Porter also said athenahealth would deliver the Patient IO solution as a native component of the company’s population health services.

“We are eager to marry our mobile care management competencies with athenahealth’s unique, network-enabled services,” Bornhorst, co-founder and CEO of Patient IO, said in a statement. “By taking a patient-centered approach to development and embracing the potential of mobile, together we can reach more healthcare organizations than ever before. Our combined offering will deliver actionable insights that help our customer organizations transition to a value-based care environment, improving outcomes and quality at every turn.”

Differentiated by its ‘API-first’ architecture and omni-channel engagement, Patient IO will form the basis for athenahealth’s patient-facing mobile application, athenaWell. According to an athenahealth press release, the integrated functionality is already live in market with select clients and will be made available to new clients of athenahealth’s population health services as a native component of the service beginning this fall.

 

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LabCorp Joins Apple Health Records Project

November 5, 2018
by Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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LabCorp, a provider of clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services, has announced that it has enabled Apple’s Health Records feature for its patients.

This iPhone feature aims to make it easier for LabCorp patients to access their LabCorp laboratory test results, along with other available medical data from multiple providers, whenever they choose, according to officials.

In January, Apple announced that it would be testing the Health Records feature out with 12 hospitals, inclusive of some of the most prominent healthcare institutions in the U.S. Since that time, more than 100 new organizations have joined the project,  according to Apple.

LabCorp test results are viewable in the Apple Health app for LabCorp patients who have an account with the company, and enable integration with the Health Records app. In addition to their LabCorp test results, patients will have information from participating healthcare institutions organized into one view, covering allergies, medical conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals.

Patients will receive notifications when their data is updated, and the Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID, according to officials.

“LabCorp on Health Records will help provide healthcare consumers with a more holistic view of their health. Laboratory test results are central to medical decision making, and broadening access to this information will help patients take charge of their health and wellness, and lead to more informed dialogues between patients and their healthcare providers,” David P. King, chairman and CEO of LabCorp, said in a statement.

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HIMSS Analytics Introduces Infrastructure Adoption Model for Health Systems

October 25, 2018
by Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, announced the introduction of the Infrastructure Adoption Model, or INFRAM, which is designed to measure the technical infrastructure used within a health system.

The INFRAM focuses on five technical subdomains, allowing organizations to benchmark how their infrastructure operates within the following areas: mobility; security; collaboration; transport; and data center.

Similar to HIMSS Analytics’ well-known Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, or, EMRAM, the INFRAM is an eight-stage model (0 – 7) that allows healthcare IT leaders to map the technology infrastructure capabilities required to reach their facility’s clinical and operational goals, while meeting industry benchmarks and standards.  The final stage, Stage 7, guides organizations towards optimized information integration, contextualization and orchestration essential for the delivery of higher order local and virtualized care processes.

For reference purposes, Stage 0 on the model represents that an organization does not have a VPN, intrusion detection/prevention, security policy, data center or compute architecture. Stage 3 signifies that an organization has an advanced intrusion prevention system, while Stage 5 represents having video on mobile devices, location-based messaging, firewall with advanced malware protection, and real-time scanning of email hyperlinks.

HIMSS officials note that by identifying specific benchmarks for organizations to reach before they go live with EMR, systems, the INFRAM aims to ensure that a health system’s infrastructure is stable, manageable and extensible. Through this, organizations can ideally improve care delivery and create a pathway for infrastructure development tied to business and clinical outcomes.

 “The INFRAM is a welcome addition to our maturity model suite and addresses a longstanding need – guiding healthcare organizations in securely implementing the infrastructure with which their EMRs are built upon,” Blain Newton, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics, said in a statement. “We have seen health systems engage with advanced clinical applications, only for them to ‘glitch’ under infrastructure that isn't powerful enough to support their tools. With the INFRAM, healthcare providers can develop a detailed, strategic technology plan that defines their organization's current state, desired future state, and each stage in between to achieve their clinical and operational goals.”

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