Patient care platforms make debut

Tools unveiled at HIMSS15
By Tom Sullivan
06:37 PM
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New tools for patient care are being unveiled this week on the HIMSS15 show floor, including offerings from Philips, CipherHealth and pingmd. 

Philips is releasing two new products: a predictive analytics engine called CareSage, engineered to help health systems prevent avoidable hospitalizations, and a new mobile alarm management software that gives nurses “near real-time” visibility into a patient’s condition.

CipherHealth, meanwhile, unwrapped a trio of new products. The Voice and Echo apps enable patients to access discharge instructions and follow-up programs to reduce readmissions, while Orchid gives providers new data collection and reporting functionality.

And pingmd on Monday released Pingmd3, a new iteration of its communication platform with features to enable virtual care.

Building on Pingmd2, company CEO Gopal Chopra, MD, said that this latest iteration gives customers “more than telehealth and messaging,” and that includes voice and video consults as well as patient data that can be integrated with EHRs.

Here at HIMSS15, in fact, the company is demonstrating several new functions for improving care coordination including messaging, voice, video and still-picture capabilities within what the company claims to be asynchronous and real-time HIPAA-compliant communications. 

Pingmd3 includes a mobile app designed to enable dialogue among patients, doctors and care networks by arming patients with a tool to submit relevant information to doctors who, in turn, can provide feedback, such as next steps in care or treatments, the company said.

During an interview here about the results of a study Accenture published on Monday, Kaveh Safavi, MD, who leads the firm’s global health practice, said that he is starting to see doctors embracing the concept of using EHRs as a platform for greater engagement and that involves patients being able to see and contribute to their own record.

“The kinds of technologies that are going to be useful are bigger than just electronic health records,” Safavi said. “There is a broader set of technologies that are going to be relevant to improving patient care.”