KevinMD: “How natural language processing can help EHRs”

Great article on KevinMD on the topic of NLP and EHRs. Author Phil Simon writes: “While turning unstructured data into something useful may not get your juices flowing, many people feel passionately about the sub­ject.”  Well, you can count QPID Health in! We are passionate about helping nurses, doctors, population health and quality managers and others in our healthcare system to get the most from that 80% of data that is buried deep in EHRs in unstructured/semi-structured data.

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[This information is] referred to as ‘the text blob’ and is buried within elec­tronic health records (EHRs). The inherent problem with ‘the text blob’ is that locked within it lies an extraordinary amount of key clinical data—valuable information that can and should be leveraged to make more informed clinical decisions, to ultimately improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs. To date, however, because it consists of co­pious amounts of text, the healthcare industry has struggled to unlock meaning from ‘the text blob’ without intensive, manual analysis or has chosen to forego extracting the value completely.

Contact us to learn how QPID Health helps “unlock meaning.”

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QPID Health Announces Formation of Advisory Board

Group of nationally recognized healthcare IT and policy leaders to provide strategic guidance 

Boston – April 23, 2014 – QPID Health, an innovative provider of clinical intelligence software solutions, today announced the formation of the Company’s first industry Advisory Board, which will provide insights on the concerns of healthcare leaders and guidance on corporate and product strategy. In the last year, the company has rolled out new products and expanded its customer and employee bases.

“Today, EHRs have proven to be great repositories for data, but physicians and other clinicians still struggle to gain what’s clinically relevant from the data they hold,” said Mike Doyle, QPID Health chief executive officer. “QPID Health solves that problem by unlocking value from the data within existing EHRs. In our evolving outcomes-based health economy, QPID’s technology is helping drive more efficient and improved care. We are thrilled to have attracted this group of industry thought leaders who share our passion for helping clinicians deliver the best possible care to patients.”

With the global EHR market expected to reach $22.3 billion by the end of 2015, the board will help QPID solidify its place in the market in order to serve the massive demand from hospitals and health systems looking to leverage EHRs in new and measureable ways. Passionate practicing physicians created the Company’s platform as part of a Massachusetts General Hospital informatics initiative in 2005 and QPID Health officially launched in 2012. True to its roots, development teams are led by doctors to address the practical concerns of users in the clinical environment.

Through its scalable cloud-based architecture, QPID leverages advanced concept-based natural language processing (NLP) to extract insights from data stored in EHR systems and other clinical repositories. In 2013, its first year of commercial operation, the company supported a growing user base ending the year with 4000 active quarterly users, and 2.96 million clinical encounters impacting 340,000 patients.

QPID Health advisory board members:

David W. Bates, MD, MSc is Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness.

John D. Halamka, MD, MS is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3000 doctors, 14000 employees and two million patients. He is also Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee and a practicing Emergency Physician.

Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD is an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan whose research focuses on policy and management issues related to the use of IT in healthcare delivery. She is an expert in health information exchange, and studies the productivity and efficiency of electronic health records as well as organizational strategies to maximize EHR effectiveness.

John E. Osborn, JD, MIPP is a senior advisor with the international law firm Hogan Lovells, executive in residence with the healthcare group of Warburg Pincus, a regular contributor to and a faculty member at the University of Washington, Seattle. John was general counsel with Fortune 1000 companies Cephalon and US Oncology, and served in the U.S. Department of State and as a member of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Robert M. Wachter, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Associate Chairman of UCSF’s Department of Medicine, and Chief of UCSF’s 60-faculty Division of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Wachter coined the term “hospitalist” and is generally considered the academic leader of the hospitalist movement. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

About QPID Health

QPID Health’s clinical intelligence software automatically delivers the most relevant patient information from electronic health records and other data sources into clinical and administrative workflows. With QPID, clinicians are more productive, patients benefit from decisions based on their complete health information, and hospitals gain cost efficiencies. The solution was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital to address the data overload problem engendered by the spread of electronic health records. QPID Health launched in late 2012 to bring the power of QPID to health systems nationwide. The company is venture backed by Cardinal Partners, Matrix Partners, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO), and Partners Innovation Fund. Visit for more information.

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HIStalk Interviews Michael Doyle, CEO, QPID Health

HIStalk, March 31, 2014

Mike Doyle is president and CEO of QPID Health of Boston, MA.

Tell me about yourself and the company. 

This is my fifth company as president and CEO. I was attracted to this opportunity because we understand the clinical frustration that physicians, nurses, and clinicians of all types are having accessing data in the electronic health record.

QPID can read both structured and unstructured data. We’ve built a very extensive medical vocabulary and medical ontology that enables physicians and nurses at the appropriate point of the clinical workflow to have access to both structured as well as unstructured clinical data. It solves a major pain point that exists today.

What’s wrong with EHRs and what gets better when you install QPID?

First of all, I’m not here to knock EHRs. We partner with a number of EHRs. I think EHRs are necessary, but not sufficient.

Part of the issue is the way that most of them evolved. They are billing applications that evolved into clinical applications over time. The way the data is organized in the EHR is very, very different from the way a physician practices. As a result, there’s a disconnect with serving up appropriate information at an appropriate point in the care delivery model that exists today in the United States.

EHRs are forms of data repositories with a transactional chassis built into them. I believe that most EHRs, if not all EHRs, would greatly benefit from applications like QPID that allow easy retrieval of the really important data that exists and resides in the EHRs.

Read the full article: HIStalk, March 31, 2014

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Healthcare Informatics: An Innovative Approach to Pre-Authorization At Mass General Hospital

Healthcare Informatics, April 3, 2014

Application aims to promote appropriate use and cut costs related to pre-authorization and unnecessary surgical procedures.

Healthcare spending in the U.S. is widely deemed to be growing at an unsustainable rate, and efforts are being made by policymakers to seek ways to slow that growth or reduce spending overall. A key target is eliminating waste—spending that could be eliminated without harming consumers or reducing the quality of care that people receive and that, according to the most liberal estimates, may constitute up to one-third of all U.S. health spending, amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

According to Creagh Milford, D.O., at the Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), demands placed on doctors in the clinic today such as meaningful use are challenging enough, but demands from payers or purchasers to actually provide data on the appropriateness of physician procedures to avoid the idea that doctors are overusing measures—and thus causing harm to patients—also exist.

Milford is an associate medical director at Partners HealthCare in Boston, a health system with two academic medical centers—MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital—with 6,000 doctors across the enterprise. There, he says, Partners has taken on financial risk throughout the system, and that includes assessing risk of a procedure before it’s done. The payers and purchasers of healthcare “are asking us to prove its level of appropriateness before we do it,” says Milford.  “There are few ways to do that other than using clinical decision support tools that help pre-populate many answers for the clinicians in a way that makes sense for their workflow.”

Read the full article: Healthcare Informatics, April 3, 2014