Validic, a market leader in solutions for personal health data, and Trapollo, a Cox Business company and a leading provider of managed services for telehealth and remote health monitoring, announced today a strategic collaboration to offer comprehensive hardware and software services supporting remote patient monitoring (RPM). The organizations are working together to meet the market need for a configurable, end-to-end RPM solution – one that supports scaled deployments with access to a broad range of home health devices. The collaboration combines Validic’s strengths in data connectivity and analytics with Trapollo’s strengths in hardware provisioning and logistics.
As leading providers and payers strategize to deploy extensive, scalable RPM programs, more organizations are demonstrating the need for strong device procurement and support alongside broad data connectivity and analytics capabilities. In recognizing this market need, the partnership between Validic and Trapollo offers a uniquely modular and customizable approach to RPM – enabling organizations to implement pieces of an end-to-end solution which best meet their immediate needs.
While some traditional, end-to-end RPM solutions restrict organizations to managing single-condition patients with a specific set of devices, the Validic and Trapollo collaboration offers the flexibility to use a variety of devices to manage several conditions. Together, Validic and Trapollo aim to support more patients, from rising-risk to high risk populations, and especially those individuals who require more hands-on support in the setup and use of their health devices.
“We are proud to work with Validic to offer healthcare companies an award-winning software solution for remote monitoring. This collaboration enables support of patients as soon as they receive and set-up their device, and during monitoring with real-time interventions bolstered by personal health data,” said Trapollo Vice President and General Manager Mike Braham.
Through Trapollo, clients and their patients have access to enterprise support for device provisioning, logistics and technical assistance. This alleviates some traditional device limitations and constraints in RPM – enabling healthcare organizations and providers to best choose the devices suited for their populations’ unique needs. These devices or device kits are provisioned, shipped and managed by Trapollo, who also provides patients with technical support for the setup and use of devices.
By Brian Carter, senior vice president of product, Validic.
Clinicians, CIOs and virtually every person in a decision-making position in a health system is courted multiple times a week by third-party solution developers with amazing products to help them with some of their most pressing problems. The features look great, but at some point they have to ask: does it integrate with my existing clinical workflows in a way that makes it easy to use, hard to forget about, and actually save my team some time?
This question is extremely important; according to one study about clinical decision support (CDS), zero CDS interventions succeeded when they weren’t delivered automatically in the clinician workflow. By contrast, the same study showed that 75 percent of those interventions succeeded when they were automatically presented in clinical workflow. Workflow integration comes in a variety of flavors, with the value of that integration typically (and somewhat unfortunately) proportional to the amount of investment made in preparing for that integration.
Visual integration is the lightest-weight kind of integration. iFrames, SMART apps and “widgets” are all common technologies that come to mind when describing visual integration. Essentially, you are taking one application and layering it as a self-contained component inside another application. This ideally includes a single sign-on function so the person signed into the main application doesn’t have to sign into another widget on their screen.
A common example on the web is Disqus. If you scroll to the comments section of a web page to share your opinions, you’ll find a nicely-embedded component with other people’s comments. But, if you want to contribute a comment yourself, you have to sign in. This comment feature is actually a totally different application provided by another company called Disqus, which was visually integrated with a few lines of code.
Data integration is often what’s being talked about when interoperability comes up. Data integration simply means enabling the data from one application to flow meaningfully into another application. The concept is simple, but the application of this strategy can be highly complex. It involves getting two systems to not only get data from one place to another, but also to be formatted and codified in a way that the receiving system can actually understand it.
Technologies common in health care surrounding data integration include the emerging FHIR specification from HL7, legacy APIs provided by EHR vendors, health information exchanges that serve as intermediaries between different systems, as well as enterprise data warehouses and big data platforms. Data integration is a critical strategy whenever users of one system need information that users of another system have generated.