Today’s EHR and HIT News includes customer acquisition updates from Aura Healthcare and MedAptus. There is also news from research2guidance, on a new report outlining the growth in the market for mobile health sensors market.
Southern Health live with clinical noting from Aura Healthcare
A new clinical application from Aura Healthcare is being implemented in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland, to minimise the time spent on medical handover and improve patient safety and governance.
Aura’s Immix Note clinical noting application gives medical staff instant access to patient admission records, to inform set and rank doctors’ tasks, according to clinical need and priorities. It gives clinical staff across the Southern trust, working in any of the hospital network, a shared view of the precise requirements of every patient on every ward, plus clinical ‘to do’ lists and the ability to assign tasks to teams or individual doctors or nurses.
Importantly, Immix Note provides capability for Early Warning Score monitoring and charting with alerts and escalation procedures, so is helping meet the requirements of this national policy.
An enterprise-wide solution, Immix Note is used by around 90 clinical staff at Daisy Hill Hospital, and is currently being rolled out at Craigavon Hospital.
Southern Health has acted as development partner for Immix Note to ensure it meets demands of busy doctors and presents information in a logical fashion, helping clinicians to have the right information to ensure maximum efficiency and minimise discharge delays for patients.
“Immix Note is a fundamental component in helping us deliver safe, high-quality, person-centred care and is already having a positive impact on care standards and patient safety,” said Dr John Harty, Consultant Nephrologist. “It allows medical staff access to a wealth of clinical information to quickly assess clinical needs and priorities, assign tasks, and easily gain access to statistical information for audit and governance reporting.
“In partnership with Aura Healthcare, we have been able to develop and implement this key solution relatively quickly and without major trauma.”
Siobhan Hanna, Assistant Director of Informatics, said: “The successful implementation of Immix Note has been due to a range of factors. Firstly because it was designed by clinicians, for clinicians it meets their needs and has therefore organically grown without any forced implementation. In addition, we have had strong clinical leadership in the roll-out, which has led to ownership and adoption of this application at a very early stage. Instrumental to this has been the agility of Aura Healthcare to listen to our needs and interpret these intelligently, to develop this application very rapidly to meet to the satisfaction of our clinical teams.”
LTRH Medical Billing Service Deploys MedAptus for Inpatient Charge Capture
MedAptus® today announced that physicians at Lake Tahoe Regional Hospitalists and Shasta County Hospitalists are using the company’s Professional Charge Capture (Pro) solution for inpatient coding and billing at area hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Approximately 40 providers across the two groups are using MedAptus’ mobile offering to capture and submit charges in a compliant and timely manner.
LTRH Medical Billing Service, located in the Sierra Nevada mountain area at the California/Nevada border, provides administrative and billing support to the above hospitalist entities using MedAptus Pro to document patient charges from care delivered at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center (Carson, NV) and Shasta Regional Medical Center (Redding, CA).
LTRH Medical Billing Service undertook a comprehensive charge capture vendor review in 2012 to replace an existing technology that was no longer meeting its needs. This search was led by Lisa Krueger, director of operations for LTRH Medical Billing Service. According to Ms. Krueger, “The transition to MedAptus has been a smooth one and as a result I, along with our physicians, have experienced productivity returns. The system’s reconciliation and compliance rules engine help us ensure that all charge opportunities have been capitalized on in an efficient manner while integrated communication tools further team collaboration and revenue cycle expediency.”
Jose A. Aguirre, MD, SFHM, president of LTRH Medical Billing Service added that, “Today’s reimbursement environment is challenging for providers so it is important to have a comprehensive charge capture tool that ensures completeness but isn’t burdensome for physicians to use. After reviewing several available systems we decided that MedAptus’ technology best addressed our requirements.”
“As workloads continue to grow, hospitalists are required to be increasingly effective at time management and appropriate clinical decision making. Not surprisingly physicians don’t want to spend any more time on administrative tasks than they have to – and this is where MedAptus comes in. As Dr. Aguirre and his team found, our tools are optimized to provide hospitalists with an efficient charge capture and management experience, one that additionally drives financial benefit,” said Ryan Secan, MD, MedAptus chief medical officer.
The Market For Mobile Health Sensors Will Grow To $5.6 Billion By 2017
In 2017, more than 61 Million external sensors will be shipped to smartphone and tablet users. Ralf-Gordon Jahns, Head of Research at research2guidance, explains: “The majority of sensors will track health parameters for sports and fitness purposes just as the existing hundreds of ANT+ sensors today.”
There are approximately 200 external sensors that connect to a smartphone app today. The majority of these sensors is priced between $20 and $ 200 and is usually charged as one-off-payment or included in a subscription model.
Today’s app-connecting sensors are more consumer products than medical products. Ralf-Gordon Jahns points out that “with the boom of the smartphone app market, sensors which link to an app became fashionable products. They have got nothing to do with the grey and clumsy sensors that really looked like medical devices and that you would hestitate to show in public. Today’s app-related sensors are very designed just like the corresponding apps”.
The sensor business model will shift from proprietary solutions, which are only working with a single app to open systems, which allow connections to multiple apps.
mHealth app based business models, which rely on sensors sales will play a major role in the mHealth market, says the new “Global Mobile Health Market Report 2013-2017” by research2guidance.
mHealth apps make more and more use of external sensors. Sensors can track a range of health metrics, such as blood pressure, heart rate, glucose level, medication compliance and more. They connect with the corresponding app via Bluetooth, WiFi or USB. The app analysis, displays and shares the data that is being monitored by the sensors.
The market today is dominated by small tech companies that have been first to enter the market in 2009 and 2010. With the growing market potential, big brands from sport like Nike or technology giants (e.g. Samsung) have entered the mHealth sensor market as well. First market exits (e.g. Zeo) indicate that the market will become tough for small tech companies that do not have the financial muscle to increase their customer base fast enough and to keep track with the innovation speed in the smartphone/app/sensor market.