"Patients should have control of their records, period," said HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar in a statement. "These rules are the start of a new chapter in how patients experience American healthcare, opening up countless new opportunities for them to improve their own health, find the providers that meet their needs, and drive quality through greater coordination."
Enter Empericus, a Silicon Valley Startup on “FHIR” (pronounced fire), that has built a future-proof platform to meet all these requirements.
After 16 months in development and testing, Empericus is all set to roll out a first-of-its-kind, Health IntelligencePlatform™ that would redefine healthcare delivery and patient engagement with the power of data. A young but mature organization with a leadership team that collectively has over 100 years of deep domain experience in the healthcare industry as global leaders, Empericus’ Health IntelligencePlatform™ is bringing a new approach toward healthcare data collection and consolidation, analytics, visualization, and patient engagement. Built in accordance with Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, the platform will help manage massive amounts of data and provide significant value not only for the consumer but also for all stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem. It will bring patients closer with their care teams, allow care providers to deliver truly actionable insights, and provide value-based care protocols and improved patient engagement, through what Empericus describes as “Augmented Intelligence.” “We are solving the many known chasms which have existed for decades in healthcare around the lack of data and poor data collaboration,” says Ronald R Pruitt, CEO, and founder of Empericus.
To achieve this, Empericus, with its patented proprietary technology, embraces the latest advancements from Microsoft, such as Microsoft Azure API and IoMT for FHIR for data acquisition, and cognitive services, natural language processing, and deep machine learning for data processing. “A large part of our competency is associated with our global partnership with Microsoft. We work closely with their Digital Healthcare Team, utilizing advanced capabilities, technologies and services for improved healthcare outcomes,” mentions Pruitt.
Empericus offers its platform through two models of subscriptions.
Power to the Physician
Empericus’ Health IntelligencePlatform™ seamlessly integrates with the physician’s existing EMR system, and all sensor-enabled devices, ambulatory home monitoring, and remote/telehealth applications. It correlates and indexes an individual’s medical records with the data and provides unprecedented insights to care providers via a “single pane of glass.” The platform not only captures all structured data from EMR systems but also gleans all unstructured data pertaining to medical encounters, to provide clinicians with a 360-degree overview of each patient’s health. "By design, our platform embraces the latest advances in wearable consumer technologies, and we are witnessing a seismic shift in healthcare which is going to re-define “medical data” classification. This valuable data no longer needs to be stored on the device or on the patient’s personal computer. Our IP and patent-pending Health Intelligence Platform allows seamless integration for this useful information along with the patient’s health medical record for physicians to access and evaluate," says Pruitt.
Empericus’ proprietary algorithms for data visualizations and health indexes bring the patient and the physician closer than ever, improving communications and helping them understand the importance of compliance for care plans. Using the platform’s patent-pending Patient Wellness Index, physicians and care providers can selectively choose to manage specific KPIs—related to health/ wellness, biometrics, biomarkers, sleep, hydration, travel, exercise, and clinical— for every patient. This ensures that they are consistently receiving the critical information needed to deliver the best care pathways. “We provide deeper insights that are specific to the patient’s overall health via Augmented Intelligence,” says Nuno Godinho, partner, chief product officer, and CTO at Empericus. "When provided to the clinical care team for appropriate analysis and consideration, these data sets pertaining to each individual is establishing a clearer understanding of the patient’s overall health, outside of the clinical environment."
We are solving the many known chasms which have existed for decades in healthcare around the lack of data and poor data collaboration
With the complete information being located within Empericus’ “Lifeline and BodyMap” module, the company brings all data to life through advanced visualization algorithms. It provides patients and physicians with a seamless longitudinal view of all clinical, diagnostic, health and wellness data, along with exercise and personal wearable device data. Within the Lifeline and BodyMap, the platform systematically indexes all healthcare data to anatomically correct body systems and body parts per each medical encounter. Following that, it applies visualization algorithms to the data displaying it on one screen, saving time, and improving patient outcomes. "They can attain the average ROI for our monthly fees in one day,” says Godinho.
"A large part of our competency is associated with our global partnership with Microsoft"
The Health Intelligence™ Platform leverages not only the security of Microsoft Azure, but is also the most advanced cybersecurity and cyber defense protocols. This is of importance with respect to the anticipated 2020 CPT codes that include billing for evaluation and management for digital information, which could include wearable data, compliance for these new codes mandates the data to be provided over a secure platform. The Health IntelligencePlatform™ is compliant with the highest standards in global data security—including HIPAA, PHIA, PII, PIPEDA, GPDR, NIST, ISO 27001, Cloud Security Alliance— adhering to the global standards of medical coding terminology and interoperability with ICD, SNOMED and LOINC.
Going beyond the physician/clinical subscribers’ module, the H.I. Platform’s individual subscribers’ module provides users with complete control and access to all their personal and sensitive healthcare information from diverse EMR systems. “Combined with their wearable device data, this brings in a new frontier for people who are engaged in managing their health and wellness, and making good decisions,” says Pruitt.
The company believes that everyone will want to control their sensitive and private information, along with the ability to provide a “referring physician” access to his/her data as the adjunct recipient. With the module, patients can quickly send their “Health History Forms” to new providers on an encrypted server, saving valuable time. They can grant access to the new referring physician for an evaluation of their medical information at a granular level. Current research indicates that patients with control over data sharing can reap benefits that help improve their health outcomes. “We’re putting the power of technology in the patients’ hands, allowing them to be more proactive in managing their healthcare data,” mentions Pruitt. The platform’s natural language processing capabilities assist patients in concisely understanding their medical information.
David Rhew M.D., chief medical officer & VP of healthcare at Microsoft, mentions “To improve the way healthcare is delivered, we need patients to be more involved in their health journey to ensure that physicians and care providers can make more informed decisions. Empericus' digital health platform makes this a reality by providing a comprehensive profile of a patient's overall health. Microsoft is proud to partner with Empericus and provide the cloud and AI infrastructure that powers their cutting edge Health IntelligencePlatform™.”
The Empericus Vision and Mission
In a nutshell, the strength of the Empericus Health IntelligencePlatform™ is two-fold: first, it gives patients control over their medical records while making them readily available to consulting providers based on their consent. Second, it enables physicians to correlate all existing medical records, with data from additional devices onto a single secure platform, without them having to migrate from existing systems.
Empericus does not sell the data, nor do they advertise about it. “We consider ourselves to be data stewards and are committed to protecting sensitive patient data. Even as the global administrators of the platform, we do not have access to anyone’s medical information without their explicit written consent,” adds Godinho.
"To improve the way healthcare is delivered, we need patients to be more involved in their health journey to ensure that physicians and care providers can make more informed decisions. Empericus' digital health platform makes this a reality by providing a comprehensive profile of a patient's overall health. Microsoft is proud to partner with Empericus and provide the cloud and AI infrastructure that powers their cutting edge Health IntelligencePlatform™"
Version 1.0 of the Empericus Health IntelligencePlatform™ is set to hit the market in April 2020. The team at Empericus plans to continually enhance the platform after the launch. “Our entire workforce, including Chief Medical Scientist, Chief Data Scientist and our esteemed Medical Advisory Board members, along with our early adopters have put their mind, body, and spirit toward a true, agile DevOps product development process,” says Pruitt. The company also plans to improve its patent-pending health index and is working with partners—including SecureSky and Persona Informatics—to expand the capabilities of its platform.
“The innovation and collaboration which was designed, built and deployed in our Health IntelligencePlatform™ positions us to change the way healthcare is delivered while bringing tremendous value to every end-user,” concludes Pruitt.