Information technology has increased consumer awareness and expectations for high quality healthcare. Well informed patients have created additional business requirements for their treating clinicians. Medical computing can serve the need for fast access to pertinent information anywhere and at anytime.
Facilitating the flow of information is key to improving the management of healthcare resources. This is important to ensure industry-wide use of best practices and to achieve the consistent quality-of-care that informed consumers now demand.
To be useful, computer tools should increase a doctor's agility and competitiveness, improve productivity and provide fast return on investment at low risk. These utilities should not interfere with workflow routines. They should speed-up the pace of care provision and raise the level of patient satisfaction.
Computers, networked to the world-wide-web, can rapidly link to a vast array of peer-reviewed and evidenced-based expert opinions that map to patterns of care, treatments and strategies that can improve the quality of care.
A comprehensive assessment can mitigate the risks of medical errors of omission. Additional benefits can include documentation of medical necessity and the capture of encounter data at the point-of-service. Coupling such information to secured electronic medical record repositories can also provide practice profiles for fiscal forecasters, for credentialing oversight regulatory agencies, and medical policy makers.
The possibility exists to supply and access information for patient evaluation to consultants and claims adjudicators using handheld mobile personal digital assistants with wireless technologies. Through collaborative developments, onboard coding systems will soon facilitate billing for service, and rapid payment by electronic fund transfer, as the technology is used to assess and deliver care. All this while providing continuing education and enhancing practices.
According to Investor's Business Daily, 05/25/2001, Personal digital assistants -- hand-held electronic devices that allow physicians to retrieve clinical data and access patient information -- are "finding a place in exam rooms next to the 'Physicians' Desk Reference'". Physicians use PDAs to carry out numerous tasks, such as storing patient insurance information and searching for drug interaction data...
PDAs save doctors time and keep better patient records than paper filing, which leads to higher quality patient management. A variety of firms have entered the smart phone market. Epocrates Inc., a company that produces software containing disease and health plan information, estimates that more than 500,000 doctors and other health workers use its products, with an additional 25,000 new users signing up each month. Meanwhile, AllScripts Healthcare Solutions has created software that allows doctors to write prescriptions, make notes about patient visits and look up information on drugs and diseases. All this said, the use of PDAs is currently "far from Utopian".
There is little, if any, integration of the computer technology yet, that links information directly to patient care, leaving doctors buried in paperwork and bogged down in time-consuming -- and costly -- dictation and transcription. An American Hospital Association study released earlier this month found that paperwork adds at least 30 minutes to every hour of patient care.
IatroCom is developing a system that "does quite a lot ... talks to the payer's systems, talks to your office and helps manage patients"
STATworkUP Medical DDx App iOS iPhone iPad & Android Differential Clinical Decision Support H&P Sx Lab Rx
Fast Sx, Lab, DDx & Rx Info
With simplified integration into clinical practice settings, IatroCom's STATworkUP ® software product can instantly deliver valuable decision support information to web-enabled iOS devices for easy use during patient visits. STATworkUP's big relational knowledge-base and terminology framework, is frequently updated to keep it current and is distributed for free. It enables iPhone or iPad collection and capture of encounter data, plus rapid correlation, analysis and processing of clinical observations at the point-of-care to help providers assess the most or least likely differential diagnosis for findings. It's unobtrusive and understandable design assists providers at what they customarily do to help them deliver appropriate and timely services. It does so in a sleek, convenient and modern way that supports a wide variety of multi-specialty disciplines.
Our native iOS and hybrid web app readily provides valuable medical information in an interactive front-end display that is easy to use. Its features help to gather, collect, aggregate, analyze, compare, and assess medical symptoms and signs during the problem evaluation process. The unit enhances doctors' recall of many facts and refreshes medical acumen with prompts. It assists in meeting his or her busy workday business requirements by saving valuable time in trying to retrieve, and review the best-practice reference resources to deal with difficult problems. It is also beneficial for students in training and enables researchers. It also links to pages that offer subject matter expert content with graphic illustrations for patients and continuing education. It simplifies coding and payer issues as well. The software can instantly integrate information gathered during the encounter that is ready to be linked with computerized medical record databases if desired. And it is compatible and compliant with industry electronic data interchange security standards.
To keep pace with accelerating changes in the computer technology and medical industries IatroCom's nimble team of systems engineering consultants and versatile, well-trained medical informaticists,plus STATworkUP's great architecture, enables us to quickly create, build, implement and deploy regular modifications behind-the-scenes. The program is kept up-to-date and optimized to deliver state-of-art, fast, dependable performance. And the database is continuously maintained, refined and expanded to provide the excellent, current information and features that our customers expect and demand. It is an exciting work in progress for sure!
The credible professionals who support this project have a long-term commitment to support the evolutionary growth of standardized vocabularies including:
* SNOMED-RT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine) * LOINC (Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes) * HL7 (Health Level Seven) * HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
Regulations Governing Privacy, Security and Electronic Transactions
Intraoperability with vocabularies required for reimbursement and other administrative needs has been linked during development. To this end the structure includes:
* ICD (International Classification of Disease) * CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) * HCPCS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Common Procedural Coding System)
Additionally, the vocabulary is constructed to provide adequate specificity in a principled model that is sufficient for fact-based care. The vocabulary mix includes mappings to these sets. The framework is designed to support day-to-day operations of payor organizations. This terminology solution accepts localizations, facilitating their translation to more standard clinical phrasing.
STATworkUP™ enables real-time electronic data collection, analysis, and secured storage of structured clinical information gathered at the point of encounter. Its knowledgebase covers many thousands of diagnoses and their weighted finding relationships. The system suggests significant lab tests and studies that are likely to help corroborate and justify sets of differential diagnoses based upon the selected findings. And it also suggests cost-effective, appropriate treatment options, causes, complications and prognoses for diagnoses. This software app has been built to quickly distribute meaningful, contextual and useful medical information into the hands of medical professionals to assist with problem evaluation, and clinical decision support using the convenient iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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