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Leveraging Lab Insights To Improve Short- and Long-Term Response To COVID-19

By Brad Bostic, CEO, hc1.

Brad Bostic

When I founded hc1 a decade ago, I believed that every patient should be treated as a unique individual. We built the hc1 Platform because we saw that if every individual’s laboratory data–which drives 70% of the diagnostic and therapeutic decisions–could be organized intelligently, we could unlock an unprecedented level of clinical decision support to personalize and improve care for all patients.

We knew that the platform would effectively lay the foundation for targeted pharmacogenomics and precision prescribing techniques. What we did not know at the time was that the decision to place our stake in the promise of lab insights would ultimately help drive an improved public health response to an unprecedented crisis: the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Coalition Is Born

From the earliest days of the pandemic, demand for greater transparency into COVID-19 data was high while the fluid nature of public health reporting impacted the ability to make well-informed decisions. As a result, local public health and healthcare officials were simultaneously overwhelmed with data and underwhelmed with the timely information and critical insights to help ensure optimal decisions around mitigation strategies.

The reality is that the state and national data relied upon by many public health officials offers limited proactive insight into the ebb and flow of the virus at the state and local levels. This remains as true today as it was in the earliest stages of the pandemic.

Consider the following:

In both instances, the local response in counties with higher infection rates should be quite different from those with significantly lower rates. Yet without insights offering public health officials a glimpse into the future, the default response was often cookie cutter actions guided by state-level decisions.

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Healthcare’s Most Innovative Companies of 2020: hc1

See the source imageIn 2011, hc1 was born from the belief that every patient is unique and should be treated that way. When the high-value care movement began, healthcare organizations focused on increasing value through cutting costs, but hc1 knew that sustainable high-value care could only come through improving patient outcomes.

hc1 set about to determine how it could help achieve this goal: Tap into the heartbeat of healthcare—laboratory data. If labs could organize every individual’s information intelligently, they could unlock an unprecedented level of clinical decision support to personalize and improve care for all patients.

Today the hc1 High-Value Care Platform eliminates waste and personalizes care for health systems and diagnostic laboratories nationwide by turning previously static lab data into actionable healthcare insights. Its flagship products, hc1 CRM and hc1 Test Utilization, helped forge a broad set of laboratory and health system partnerships.

Building upon this foundation, in 2018 it introduced a new era of high-value care—precision prescribing—when we invented hc1 Opioid Advisor and hc1 PGx Advisor, which leverage the hc1 platform to optimize medications using targeted pharmacogenetics and medication usage analysis. hc1 PGx Advisor empowers physicians to make personalized prescribing decisions supported by clinical pharmacists with access to holistic patient information, including genetics.

Using the hc1 platform, health systems can improve clinical outcomes and reduce medical spend in these ways:

hc1 is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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