Friday, March 18, 2011

I Wonder Will This Be What Pops Up Next In Australia. IBM Seems to Be Everywhere Right Now.

The following appeared a week or so ago.

IBM showcases patient portal technology

March 03, 2011 | Molly Merrill, Associate Editor

HANOVER, GERMANY – IBM unveiled its new patient portal on Thursday, one designed to boost patients' involvement in their care and expand the types of information, alerts, recommendations and interactive coaching that providers can offer their patients online.

The company is previewing the system this week at CeBIT, a digital technology tradeshow being held in Hanover, Germany.

The IBM Patient Empowerment System is based on new technology out of IBM Research. Healthcare organizations can host the system and allow physicians and patients to sign in for services.

The system is a standards-based platform that enables patients to access data from a vast range of sources including third-party health portals, hospital electronic medical record systems, sensors, home devices for monitoring health conditions, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerts, medical sites such as PubMed and more.

The IBM Patient Empowerment System was born as a result of the collaboration among three IBM centers around the world: the IBM Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory in Korea; IBM Research – Haifa and IBM Research – China. The technology was also developed in collaboration with physicians and administrators of the Gacheon University Gil hospital in Korea. Among the largest medical centers in Korea, with approximately one million patients, the hospital recently decided to provide physicians and patients with access to the portal as part of a pilot project to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

“Today, patients want to be more involved in managing their clinical data, and are eager to discover relevant and useful medical information for their benefit,” said DongKyun Park from Gacheon University Gil Hospital in Korea. “By giving patients access to information that is relevant to them in an easy and understandable form, we can greatly improve patient safety during medical treatments.”

Officials said the system is designed to protect privacy at various levels of granularity, enabling members to exercise fine-grained control over the level of information in their profile that can be viewed by others and its usage.

“Most patients do not have the same access to information available to physicians, such as treatment updates or new warnings from the FDA,” said Joseph Jasinski of IBM Research. “And physicians are not always privy to ongoing patient updates, such as eating habits or long-term monitoring of vital signs. These partial pictures limit the level of care that physicians can provide, as well as the care patients can provide for themselves. The IBM Patient Empowerment System merges these realms, bringing important data to both parties.”

Alerts for adverse drug events (ADE) can be created using the platform’s knowledge-bases alongside public repositories for drug-drug, drug-disease, drug-food, and pharmacogenetics interactions; these are then analyzed together with the most current patient clinical and genetic data. The output is an alert that can be given at the point of care to avoid potential harm associated with various drug interactions.

More here:

It would be interesting to see more detailed information on just how information is integrated (as well as being partitioned) to ensure optimal utility and how access to such a system could be integrated into care workflows.

As discussed earlier in the week running parallel systems can be messy, confusing and potentially dangerous.

We await further information in due course.



Anonymous said...

I can tell you one thing. whenever you see IBM Research in a release - it basically mean that the stuff is probably 5 year away from being "product worthy". I only hope the chaps NeHTA and DOHA don't fall for thinking this is production quality stuff for PCEHR - it would be a joke. It also reads as if it has every bell and whistle one could ever hope to see in a patient portal - have you ever seen a launch of a first release of anything that's feature full... just another hint to this being more about a solid vision than actual product.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for drawing our attention to these facts. Useless software is just what we are looking for, but of course we couldn't recognise it without your help


p.s. please provide name and contact details so we can offer you an appropriate reward

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous (NEHTA/DOHA team),

Finally the truth comes out!

And when IBM/Medicare get named as the PCEHR tender winner, we'll know you've found exactly what you're looking for with the assistance of the other Anonymous contributor (Friday, March 18, 2011 7:09:00 PM).

Useless software for a Useless solution!

p.s. Your Anonymous offer may fall foul of NEHTA/DOHA tender rules and guidelines and destroy the tender theatre in train...

Anonymous said...

Also coming to Canada:

Mr. HIT said...

re "also coming to Canada"..
I guess IBM deserved the bashing here (well.. maybe not). but the thing in Canada is fundamentally different. in Canada they we SI or prime contractor for another piece of SW. i.e. that release is about their SI capability (because we all know they don't have any healthcare SOLUTIONS of their own - except initiate). The one in this discussion is about making some work of a few propeller-heads in a lab look like a product.