Wednesday, June 09, 2010

#health2con Health 2.0 in the physicians office

After a morning volunteering in the Exhibit hall I now get to sit and blog about the afternoon conference sessions at #Health2Con - "Health 2.0 goes to Washington"

The issue to start the afternoon - Can Health 2.0 improve EHR adoption.

This session will showcase:

-  Practicefusion and their web-based platform.
- VisionTree systems
- Alere and their PCMH platform (formerly RND Networks)
- RelayHealth
- Myca and their Hello Health / MycaHub platform.

Ryan Howard - PracticeFusion 40,000 physicians - 20 sign-ups per day. Free solution that enables Docs to win the $40,000 stimulus incentive.
 Web-based product. Covers all admin and clinical aspects of running a doctors office.
Enables rapid creation of chart notes. Same day registration.
Integrated PHR, ePrescribing, Quest and Labcorp Lab integration.

Advertising supported. de-identified data is available as a data driven service.

Hello Health - MycaHub. Launched at Health 2.0 Boston in Spring 2009.
Dr. Gordon Moore - Hello Health University.
Hello Health and Agile Health. The Blues Plans investment fund have invested in MycaHub.  

The business model is all cash based around Urgent, Primary and Online Care. Hello Health takes a percentage of practice revenue.

Practices are going "off the grid" and going beyond meaningful use in interacting with patients.

Terry Douglas - RelayHealth
Connecting everyone in the health care community. Enhancing the relationships.
Providing communication beyond the practice. Messages can include the patient e.g in the referral process.

Patients can log in to portal and see the same information that the physician sees.

RelayHealth seeing hospital systems reaching out to the community. Relay Health also acts as a Health Information Exchange in an area. 

Martin Pellinat - VisionTree Systems

HL7 import to create patient record. Patient Portal provides tasks such as visit records. Messaging with provider.

Similar to RelayHealth.
Patient centred team work is the key element of the system.

Geoff Hyatt - Alere

125M americans see 7 doctors per year. How do we coordinate that care?
Alere provides a PCMH platform.
The Care plan can enable seeing enhanced messages such as observations that can be interpreted.
Simple traffic light indicators of care gaps and exceptions in a disease registry/care plan.

The Care Gap and Care Plan shows what the patient and staff need to do.
All members of the Care Team can see the data. Care Team is more than just physicians. It can include any care giver (eg. spouse)
ReachMyDoctor is the patient facing patient portal where Patients receive Care Gap alerts  and secure messages as well as being able to review their Health Record and request appointments..

Team work is a key element.

Jeff Livingston is a practicing MacArthur OBGYN.
He was introduced to Social Media through his daughter and MySpace.

He uses Facebook. 
His practice web site has a blog and information about the physicians. There are podcasts which teenagers download through iTunes to download and listen to before a visit.

Patients are asking for more information with their lab results. They are therefore adding generic video segments on Youtube that are bundled with  the lab results. 

There is no real reason why the connection between the patient and physician can't be technology enabled. Jeff Livingston shows how low cost, consumer social tools can make a massive impact in improving interaction and engagements with patients.

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