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.