IBM and Aetna have built a health information exchange in Puerto Rico with help from Medens' EHR cloud computing platform.
IBM and ActiveHealth, a unit of Aetna,
along with Medens, a cloud computing and health care IT company based in Puerto
Rico, have launched a cloud health care network for some 11,000 physicians
working in the commonwealth.
Medens will provide what it says is the first medical cloud computing
network for Puerto Rico, while IBM will
contribute its interoperable HIE (health information exchange) technology to
allow physicians to access and share medical data securely.
Built on an SOA (service-oriented architecture), IBM's
HIE allows physicians to share and exchange medical records, no matter the
source, location or format.
The project will allow physicians in Puerto Rico to
create and connect EHRs (electronic health records) and access health analytics
through a secure, private cloud.
Using the service, doctors will also be able to access lab data and
information on prescriptions and hospital stays.
Less than 6 percent of physicians use health care IT technology such as EHRs
in Puerto Rico, IBM
"Not only will this provide the physicians and patients of Puerto Rico
access to important new health information technology, it also provides them
the tools to redesign the way they deliver care to support emerging accountable
care and patient-centered medical home models," Orlando Fiallo, Medens'
president, wrote in a statement. "This is the type of care that will truly
transform our health care system in Puerto Rico and
allow physicians to be reimbursed based on the quality of care, not simply the
number of procedures performed."
Under the arrangement, health care software developer SOAPware
will make its EMR+Practice
Management System available on Medens' cloud network.
SOAPware's EHR application allows medical practices to manage the financial
aspects of patient accounts, including charts, charges, payments and
adjustments. It also features order entry, coding for patient visits, PDF
document scanning, medical history integration and e-prescribing.
Doctors will be able to access medical data and gain support for care
decisions through Aetna's ActiveHealth
, which culls member data from medical and pharmacy claims, lab
reports and patients to identify care gaps and medical errors.
Using the Medens Cloud, doctors, nurses, aides, therapists and pharmacists
will be able to access and share patient information.
Meanwhile, patients will be able to access the Medens Cloud to keep their
PHRs (personal health records) current with medical histories and information
on medication from doctors. Medens plans to expand its network elsewhere in the
By incorporating data from multiple sources, the medical cloud platform will
allow doctors to catch gaps in care, research drug interactions and watch
health trends among patients, such as chronic conditions, IBM
"Improving patient care starts with creating a more connected health
system and making it easier for caregivers to coordinate around their patients'
needs," said Robert Merkel, vice president and health care industry leader
for IBM Global Business Services, in a
statement. "There is a real opportunity to create smarter, more efficient
health care throughout Puerto Rico, and the work under
way there is a model for the rest of the nation."
In August, Aetna and IBM
worked together on its Collaborative Care Solution for the Sharp Community
Medical Group in San Diego to allow
200 primary care physicians and 500 specialists to use a health cloud in that
Another HIE provider, Sandlot, recently announced that it has reached 1.5
for its HIE in Texas.