Amy Krane, Marketing QPID Health has been selected to participate in the first ever Innovation Lab at the Southern California HIMSS event. We will share our latest tools that expedite quality and registry submissions and support real-time surveillance of quality issues. It’s a great time to year to be in Los Angeles, so stop by on March 2. More on the event
We were pleased to host Dr. Creagh Milford in a live webinar on Jan 7. Dr. Milford is Associate Medical Director of Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare, a primary care physician, and a former ONC staffer. Dr. Milford shared how Partners HealthCare has implemented a program to achieve 100% appropriate use of the most costly and high volume procedures. Initiated to ensure better outcomes and control costs under their shared risk contracts with payers, the program is now implemented broadly across Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
In the webinar, Dr. Milford shared how his team has partnered with QPID to implement Q-Guide, which delivers guidelines from the literature and synthesizes them with patient factors automatically gleaned from the medical record. Now, payers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts are signed on to a pilot project that will allow them to forego the onerous prior authorization process for some procedures where physicians have already attested to appropriate use with Q-Guide. This eliminates a huge administrative burden for providers and relieves patients from waiting for medical necessity reviews to be completed. Most importantly, by using Q-Guide, Partners ensures that healthcare decisions remain in the hands of medical providers and their patients.
Q-Guide covers 15 procedures with more in development. Of these, 7 procedures account for 55% ($56.6 billion) of the 20 most costly surgical procedures in the US. The list is topped by spinal fusion, followed by knee arthroplasty, PCI, partial/total hip replacement, CABG heart valve repair and spine laminectomy.
Partners HealthCare expects to see measurable increases in the rate of appropriate procedures, costs savings from reducing the time spent on prior authorization processes, and a decrease in the number of denials. Clinicians, administrative staff and patients have seen immediate benefits, according to Dr. Milford.
Clinical and frontline staff
Improved adherence to best medical practice
Enhanced shared decision making with our patients
Reduced registry data collection burden
New process is easy and reduces administrative burden
Enhanced ability to share in decisions about their care
Lowering obstacles for prior authorization workflow
Amy Krane, Marketing An editorial by cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar published in the New York Times in December presents a persuasive argument for balancing evidence-based care with human judgment so as to provide “personalized” care, not “homogenized” care. Eliminating variations in practice is an important goal but is an ongoing endeavor, given the ever-changing nature of the evidence. In “Don’t Homogenize Health Care,” Dr. Jauhar asserts that presenting the evidence can’t be the be-all end-all for medical decisions. For example, for brand new treatment methods, there is no evidence yet. For others, the evidence is outdated. “What is in vogue today is often discarded tomorrow,” Jauhar says, noting that beta blockers for non-cardiac surgical patients were routinely recommended, but are now understood to increase the risk of stroke for some patients. And patient preference is also an important input to the decision-making process, and may countermand standard practice. As American College of Cardiology President Patrick T. O’Gara noted in his defense of a reversal of a major recommendation for heart attack treatment: “Science is not static but rather constantly evolving.” “Neither the old approach, in which seemingly every patient was treated differently, nor the new one, where we try to treat them all the same, has worked well. Medicine needs another way,” Jauhar writes. In 2015, healthcare could move in a number of directions to foster personalized patient care with better clinical outcomes—including genomic research. Here at QPID Health we’ve committed to an evolving platform that can change as clinical knowledge broadens. We were pleased to hear such a compelling argument for our design principles from Dr. Jauhar.
Diagnostic Imaging, Dec. 1, 2014 Bridget M. Kuehn CHICAGO — New informatics tools are emerging that can help radiologists leverage patient and other medical information to more accurately interpret images, avoid medical errors, and reduce unnecessary imaging, according to speakers at RSNA 2014. Like most physicians, radiologists are facing a growing pressure to increase efficiency and quality. They are being asked to help reduce unnecessary imaging and procedures, improve the accuracy of their image interpretations, and work more effectively with their physician colleagues. A new generation of health informatics tools presented at session called “Leveraging your Data: Informatics Approaches and Solutions to Improve Imaging Care Delivery” aim to help radiologists meet these growing demands by making relevant patient information, guidelines, and medical references available to them in real time. “I expect these tools will evolve rapidly,” said Michael E. Zalis, MD, an associate professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Zalis explained that electronic medical records have made an unprecedented amount of patient information available to physicians. But these tools were largely designed to aid with billing, so they often don’t provide information in a way that is useful to clinicians. Relevant information may be lost in the sea of data, or context that is relevant to the patient’s care may be missing. “The patient’s story gets lost,” Zalis said. “We need tools to extract that.” To help physicians get the information they need out of electronic health records, Zalis and his colleagues at MGH developed a system called Queriable Patient Inference Dossier (QPID) that makes the electronic records searchable using ontologies. Physicians can use the system to search by clinical concepts or to automate certain queries. For example, Zalis said a radiologist could use the system to search a patient’s records for medical implants, and the system retrieves information about all relevant devices without having to search for each by name. Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH, the director of the division of body imaging at the University of Virginia Health System, tested the QPID system with fellows at his institution and found it reduced interpretation time by 20%. He explained that a normal electronic medical record may only provide the radiologist with a line describing the reason for the order. The QPID system can allow the radiologist to quickly access patient information necessary to rule out possible diagnoses and narrow down the options to the appropriate choice. For example, it allowed his team to diagnose a 39-year-old woman with a hepatic adenoma without needing a biopsy or additional imaging. Read the full article: Diagnostic Imaging, Dec. 1, 2014
MedCity News,Dec. 2, 2014 Dan Verel Digital health startup QPID Health recently announced that its EHR augmentation software was adopted by Silver Hill Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Connecticut that hopes to glean better insights on behavioral health patterns of an often-challenging patient population. QPID, a Boston-based startup founded in 2012, said its software will help the 129-bed hospital capture and display an “at-a-glance view of clinically relevant information.” The hospital, meanwhile, said the software will help it maximize EHR data and spot patterns for improved treatment on the psychiatric side, which has been a growing focus as the health system as a whole looks to curb hospitalizations. The collaboration will also include a behavioral health portal with the use of QPID’s Cohort App, which identifies and collects information across various groups of patients. The QPID platform will mine data to track compliance and quality metrics related to what’s known as hospital based inpatient psychiatric services, a program instituted to specifically geared toward the safety of psych patients. Read the full article: MedCity News,Dec. 2, 2014
QPID Health Recognized by Distinguished Panel of Healthcare CIOs
Boston – November 25, 2014 – QPID Health announced today that is has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition, an awards program from the publisher of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare, and FierceMobileHealthcare. The Company’s Q-Guide product is recognized as a finalist in the category of Clinical Information Management. Finalists were selected by a distinguished panel of CIOs from renowned U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems, including Allina Health, Rush University Medical Center, Mayo Clinic and JFK Health System. A complete list of judges can be found at: https://www.fierceinnovationawards.com/healthcare/2014/judges. The Fierce Innovation Awards recognize pioneering technologies and solutions that will catapult healthcare delivery into new realms. “Our finalists represent the exciting innovation happening in the healthcare industry today,” said Wendy Johnson, FierceMarkets’ healthcare group publisher. “These companies have developed game-changing technologies and solutions that can improve safety, efficiency and patient outcomes.” All applications were evaluated based on the following criteria: quality of care and patient outcomes, care efficiency, financial impact, market validation and overall innovative “fierceness.” Finalists were selected based on calculation of the judges’ scores in each area. Mike Doyle, CEO of QPID Health, comments: “We’re proud to have been selected as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards in the Clinical Information Management category for our product Q-Guide, which we developed in collaboration with Partners HealthCare. Overuse of tests and procedures costs an estimated $46 billion annually here in the U.S. Q-Guide was designed to address that issue. Ensuring appropriate use is important for patient care and is imperative for healthcare providers that are accountable for improving clinical outcomes while reducing care costs. With Q-Guide, we combine best practice guidelines with the patient’s own health information, using our unique ability to pry concepts from structured and unstructured data stored in medical records. To learn more about QPID Health, visit http://dev.qpidhealth.com/About FierceMarkets FierceMarkets, a wholly owned subsidiary of Questex Media Group, is a leader in B2B emedia, providing information and marketing services in the telecommunications, life sciences, healthcare, IT, energy, government, finance, and retail industries through its portfolio of email newsletters, websites, webinars and live events. Every business day, FierceMarkets’ wide array of publications reaches more than 1.3 million executives in more than 100 countries. Current publications include: Energy: FierceEnergy; FierceSmartGrid; Smart Grid NewsHealthcare: FierceEMR; FierceHealthcare; FierceHealthFinance; FierceHealthIT; FierceHealthPayer; FierceHealthPayerAnti-Fraud; FierceMedicalImaging; FierceMobileHealthcare; FiercePracticeManagement; Hospital Impact Telecom: FierceWireless; FierceCable; FierceDeveloper; FierceOnlineVideo; FierceTelecom; FierceWirelessTech; FierceWireless:Europe / TelecomsEMEA, Telecom Asia; Life Sciences:FierceBiotech; FierceBiotechIT; FierceBiotech Research; FierceCRO; FierceDiagnostics, FierceDrugDelivery; FierceMedicalDevices; FiercePharma; FiercePharmaMarketing; FiercePharmaManufacturing; FierceVaccines; FierceAnimalHealth Enterprise IT: FierceBigData; FierceCIO; FierceCIO:TechWatch; FierceContentManagement; FierceMobileIT; FierceEnterpriseCommunications; Finance: FierceCFO; FierceFinanceIT; Government: FierceGovernment; FierceGovernmentIT; FierceHomelandSecurity; FierceMobileGovernment; Marketing & Retail: FierceCMO; FierceMobileMarketer; FierceMobileRetail; FierceRetail; and FierceRetailIT. About QPID Health QPID Health’s clinical intelligence software automatically delivers relevant patient information from electronic health records and other data sources into clinical and administrative workflows. QPID extracts patient information from the EHR using natural language processing and machine learning. With QPID, clinicians are more productive, patients benefit from decisions based on their complete health information, and hospitals gain cost efficiencies. The QPID solution was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and usage spread virally throughout the Partners HealthCare system including to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Faulkner and Newton-Wellesley. QPID Health launched in late 2012 to bring the power of QPID to health systems nationwide. Usage has grown from 4000 to 7000 active users over the past year supporting 3 million clinical encounters. Investors include Cardinal Partners, Matrix Partners, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, New Leaf Venture Partners, and Partners Innovation Fund. Visit www.dev.qpidhealth.com for more information. Media Contact:Ceara O’Sullivan NextStep Communications firstname.lastname@example.org (315) 567-2528
HealthLeaders Media, Nov. 13, 2014 Scott Mace The next generation of decision-support technology leverages natural language processing (NLP) and continues to evolve by scouring unstructured text and presenting evidence-based medicine to providers in new, accessible, and interesting ways. In two of the latest examples, clinicians themselves contribute via a growing set of predefined queries, as evidenced by Partner HealthCare’s use of QPID, a queriable patient inference dossier technology recently spun out into its own Boston-based company; as well as threaded, Facebook-like conversations behind the firewall, as epitomized by the Mayo Clinic’s recent six-month pilot test of Dabo, a technology developed by a San Francisco–based company in which Mayo has an ongoing investment. The result of both initiatives, executives say, is energized physicians who are helping themselves and each other achieve healthcare’s Triple Aim: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. The QPID technology originated when radiologists at Massachusetts General Hospital, a 999-bed teaching hospital in Boston, realized they were wasting too much time hunting through electronic medical records, looking for important information when making decisions, says Greg Pauly, chief operating officer of Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. “Once this bubbled up to management, there were a variety of other potential uses for this kind of technology,” he says. “That’s when we added to the resources to make it available to other departments, such as the ED, GI, and PATA [pre-admission testing area].” Read the full article: HealthLeaders Media, Nov. 13, 2014
Today we announced that Afik Gal has joined QPID Health as Vice President of Product Innovation. (Read the announcement here.)We are excited to have Afik join us because he has a unique background in innovative solutions for healthcare problems, and medical training and practice.
Afik’s joining the team is indicative of two core principles for QPID Health: our commitment to support the work that clinicians do, and our commitment to growing our clinical team. We have doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals on staff and as part of our ecosystem. They work across the QPID Health organization in account management, customer support, product planning, and content development. They add knowledge and sensibility to what we do.
Clinical knowledge is foundational for QPID. Clinicians love our solutions because they capture and anticipate the thinking processes of clinicians. For example, QPID applies clinical reasoning to surface a whole package of associated patient factors so a caregiver can understand the big picture of a disease or determine the best care pathway.
Clinical sensibility is another core principle. Our clinical colleagues know what it’s like to take care of patients and be responsible for decisions that have such a tremendous impact on the patient herself, her family, her co-workers and her community.
So here’s a big THANK YOU to my colleagues Nurse Pat, Nurse Connie, Nurse Judy, Nurse Diane, Nurse Karen, Doctor Sid, Doctor Mike, Doctor Afik, dieticians Alli and Janine, and dozens of others who are work daily with QPID to keep our clinical foundation strong and growing. Thank you as well to the 1000s of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals who provide direct and implicit feedback by using our products every day.
QPID Health Further Strengthens Clinical and Leadership Team
Boston – November 18, 2014 – QPID Health, a leader in clinical intelligence software, today announced that Afik Gal, MD, MBA has joined the Company as VP of Product Innovation. An expert in healthcare analytics, digital health, and data mining, Dr. Gal brings over a decade of experience in healthcare product development and consulting to QPID Health. Dr. Gal’s role will be key in steering the Company’s next generation of products as QPID Health expands across provider, payer and consumer markets. Prior to joining QPID Health, Dr. Gal was with PWC Consulting in the Healthcare Innovation and Healthcare Incubation Lab in Boston, where he advised clients in healthcare, technology, pharmacy, and biotech on strategy and new business. Previously, Dr. Gal founded and led a boutique consulting firm and a healthcare analytics startup company. Dr. Gal holds an MBA from Duke University and an MD from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. “Afik brings a unique background to our leadership team,” said Mike Doyle, QPID Health Chief Executive Officer. “His medical training and clinical experience combined with his expertise in technology design, development, and implementation – as well as healthcare business models – make him an excellent fit for our organization’s next phase of growth.” “Clinicians—including physicians and nurses—are an important part of our team,” explained Doyle. “Our customers benefit from their deep knowledge of the challenges of patient care, as well as their medical subject matter expertise. We employ clinicians in our content development, account management, support and product development functions.” “I’m honored to join QPID Health as VP of product innovation,” says Dr. Gal. “As the healthcare industry becomes more and more data-driven, I see a tangible need for support from technology solutions like QPID. QPID Health has the potential to revolutionize the ways clinicians interact with clinical data at the point-of-care. I look forward to collaborating with the team in place as we work to improve upon the healthcare delivery successes we enable.” About QPID Health QPID Health’s clinical intelligence software automatically delivers relevant patient information from electronic health records and other data sources into clinical and administrative workflows. QPID extracts patient information from the EHR using natural language processing and machine learning. With QPID, clinicians are more productive, patients benefit from decisions based on their complete health information, and hospitals gain cost efficiencies. The QPID solution was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and usage spread virally throughout the Partners HealthCare system including to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Faulkner and Newton-Wellesley. QPID Health launched in late 2012 to bring the power of QPID to health systems nationwide. Usage has grown from 4000 to 7000 active users over the past year supporting 3 million clinical encounters. Investors include Cardinal Partners, Matrix Partners, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, New Leaf Venture Partners, and Partners Innovation Fund. Visit www.dev.qpidhealth.com for more information. Media Contact:Ceara O’Sullivan NextStep Communications email@example.com (315) 567-2528
The next great mHealth innovation might not be an electronic health record platform, but a product that sits outside the box and pulls out the information that clinicians need at the point of care.
As doctors and nurses grapple with legacy EHRs that are too big and clunky, companies like Boston-based QPID Health are coming into the market with tools that gather unstructured data and give it some substance. They’re capitalizing on reams of data that are coming into the healthcare enterprise from all angles – EHRs, health information exchanges, even home-based platforms and devices – and looking to make it meaningful.
“Most of the records in an EHR are unstructured,” said Mike Doyle, QPID’s CEO, who developed the technology over the past nine years in collaboration with the likes of Partners HealthCare, Brigham and Women’s and Mass. General Hospital before buying the platform from Partners in 2012.
“A lot of that information in the record won’t ever see the light of day, and so the (clinician) is getting an incomplete record when seeing a patient,” Doyle added. “We’re looking to bring meaning to the point of care.”
QPID isn’t the first company to come along promising to translate the EHR into a mobile meaningful tool for doctors and nurses, but it is indicative of the next wave of mHealth evolution. Forget collecting data – that’s been done, and is being done by thousands of different devices and platforms. In fact, many clinicians are finding that they have far more data than they need, and are wasting time sorting through it to locate the nuggets of value.