Health Care Apps Streamline Medical Information

Uploaded by HHSONC on 13.12.2011

Hi, we're the SMART Platforms team.
Our mission is to foster and accelerate
innovative health applications
and here's how we're doing that --
Many experts agree that health software moves too slowly
because innovations are not easily adopted
into the workflow of a clinician's day.
One aspect of that is inevitable.
Hospitals are 24/7 mission-critical operations.
You can't go upgrading software wily-nily.
But another aspect doesn't have to be the way it is.
There's no reason that electronic medical records
have to be monolithic and siloed,
where it's an all-or-nothing feature set
and writing new applications that get at the data
is inherently difficult.
Think about the iPhone and Android platforms
and the tremendous innovation they have generated.
The reason is simple: you can easily add a Todo app
and, if you don't like it, you can try another one
and, at any point, you can switch back, it's your choice.
And, because developers write to nice, clean APIs
and they can focus on making a feature particularly good,
competition is fierce and, in the end, the user wins.
We're working to create the same kind of innovation environment
where, in the end, the patient wins.
We're doing it with Open Web technology.
Imagine a great Web developer who's designed a beautiful way
to visualize cardiovascular risk using HTML5.
This app takes data from the patient's record
and combines it with controls that let the physician
show the patient "Here's how your risk is affected:
because your blood pressure is high, you smoke,
and you have family history of heart attack.
Now, here's how you can improve your health:
by quitting smoking and bringing that blood pressure down."
We're building the application programming interfaces
and the data formats developers need
to write that application, once, and deploy it against
electronic medical records in hospitals,
but also personally controlled health records
for patients to use at home and data-mining platforms
for researchers to explore their subjects.
And to jumpstart this development,
we're making available a SMART reference EMR
and SMART sample data, which you can use
to start building apps right away.
Here, for example, we look at a different patient
and we activate
the SMART cardiovascular risk app,
to see what their data looks like.
In the words of John Halamka,
CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Center in Boston,
"Imagine all the energy we could harness
if our most talented engineers wrote modular EHRs
instead of 'Angry Birds.'"
Check out our Web site for more information
and to get started building your SMART app.