Google’s search capability is ubiquitous. Now, Google Health, the health information products and services arm of Alphabet, aims to bring its search and summary capabilities to the world of EHRs.
On Tuesday at the HIMSS Global Health Conference and Expo in Orlando, Google Health and EHR provider Meditech announced a collaboration that they say can provide providers with a more complete picture of patients. Later, in separate interviews, executives from both companies explained the rationale for the collaboration.
The goal is to help clinicians provide the best care through quick and easy access to information in all care settings. This includes information that is not in the patient’s chart, company officials said.
According to the company, Meditech solutions cover all care settings, from hospitals and outpatient practices to home health and palliative care, long-term care and behavioral health facilities. But some patient data — from a test they had taken to information about medical conditions — may still be omitted from patient records. And different providers may use different software, and because the systems are incompatible, they don’t have access to all the patient information they need. The collaboration aims to change that.
Meditech is investigating how to leverage Google Health’s search capabilities to bring together data from multiple patient records in disparate care settings to help healthcare providers get a more complete view of patients.
“In a meaningful way that’s presented to the clinician when they need it with no care gaps, so you can see the whole story,” said Christine Parent, associate vice president of marketing at Meditech, in a interview. at HIMSS22.
“It’s not just about everyone on the same system,” added Jason Patnode, the company’s chief marketing officer, who also participated in the interview.
That’s not always possible, he says.
Google Health pulls information from different patient records to produce a summary of a patient’s health status, according to the company. Clinicians can then access detailed critical information related to the treatment and monitoring of a patient’s medical conditions, including lab results, vital signs and medications.
“Meditech has obviously been at the forefront both in terms of interoperability (and) helping clinicians have the best possible experiences,” said Paul Muret, VP and GM of Google Health’s Care Studio, who also provided details of the companies’ collaborative plans. at HIMSS22. This includes “really simplifying the care process, so clinicians can spend more time with their patients and less time in front of the computer,” he said.
Care Studio technology is designed to make it easier for clinicians to find critical patient information.
Medical records are getting really complex, Muret noted, so simply aggregating more data doesn’t necessarily provide the clarity doctors need to improve patient care.
“How do we fit Google’s capabilities (in terms of organizing and making information actually accessible) into that picture? This is where research comes in,” he said. “We have now unpacked and reorganized all the information between the systems. And now we have a medical tuned search engine on top of that.
So if you want to know if a patient has taken a medication before or know all about their hypertension, it allows healthcare providers to look up a patient’s combined medical record in EHRs, to do just that..
Parent pointed out that Meditech has a long history of considering longitudinal patient data — information collected over time and across care settings — to provide clinicians with a comprehensive view. The company’s planned collaboration with Google Health will build on this, she said, with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
Meditech’s Expanse platform and Google Health’s clinical tools comply with privacy laws and are designed to adhere to industry best practices for protecting sensitive patient data, the companies say.
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