Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Alliance to bring patient connected devices into care plans

Steve Rogerson
November 7, 2017



Validic and Partners Connected Health are testing a system that will ultimately provide Partners HealthCare clinicians and researchers with access to patient-generated health data (PGHD) from over 420 consumer and clinical health devices.
 
The full-scale service, which involves the integration of PGHD into care plans and the electronic health record (EHR), is set to launch throughout the Partners HealthCare network in 2018. Partners Connected Health is part of Partners HealthCare, an integrated health system founded by Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
 
Validic and Partners Connected Health recognise that integrating the data from home health devices into the existing clinical workflow is necessary for heightened provider engagement and patient accountability. The multi-year agreement will focus on empowering care teams, researchers and patients with data-driven care and supporting technology.
 
"This collaboration will allow patients to share personal health data with their care team seamlessly and securely using their own consumer devices," said Kelly Santomas, senior director of Partners Connected Health. “Of even greater significance is the ability to make this data actionable and provide evidence-based care to improve clinical efficiencies, empower patients and strengthen the patient provider relationship. This has implications throughout patient care, including improved management of chronic illness and at-risk patient populations."
 
The broader goal of this collaboration is to bring patients' device data – from wearables, blood pressure monitors, blood glucose monitors and other home health devices – directly into the existing clinical work-flows and the EHR. Learning from pilots and early rollouts, Partners Connected Health will work with North Carolina-based Validic to determine how home health devices and actionable, standardised and HIPAA-compliant patient-generated health data can fit within existing care plans.
 
In the current pilot phase, Partners Connected Health is testing a cloud-based digital health platform with blood pressure monitoring.
 
"This new data platform enables our clinicians to quickly and securely access patient generated data via our EHR system, in a format that is standardised, actionable and HIPAA compliant," said Roger Pasinski from the Revere HealthCare Center. "Our patients and providers are eager to leverage personal health technologies to enhance care coordination, patient engagement and better collaboration between patients and providers to improve care delivery and clinical outcomes."
 
Validic's CEO Drew Schiller added: "Partners Connected Health and Validic will continue their commitment to pioneering innovation in healthcare by integrating patient-generated health data into care delivery. It continues to be Validic's mission to build technology that makes personal health data actionable. Partners Connected Health has long been a pioneer in utilising healthcare technology with a focus on patient-centricity. We are proud to call them a partner."