NaviNet's health industry messaging network will run Prematics' clinical application on mobile devices, providing access to medication information and health plans.
an Internet-based provider of real-time health messaging, has joined with
mobile health provider Prematics
to expand physicians' access to clinical information at the point of
"Whether it's a vision test or foot exam, to get
that information at the point of patient encounters is really key," Scott
Rybak, vice president of business development for NaviNet, told
eWEEK. "Prematics is our first-but not our last-partner with the
mobile device," Rybak said.
Health industry professionals can now use NaviNet's
network to access wellness and insurance claims information from health plans
within Prematics' mobile Care Communication application.
Rybak explained that clinical messages would pop up
within the application providing access to NaviNet's database. "It's all
fully integrated within the workflow," he said.
Prematics decided to work with NaviNet so that its Care
Communication users would be able to access health care plan information,
according to Kevin Hutchinson, president and CEO
Without that access, a "care gap" would exist, NaviNet
said in a news release Sept. 17.
According to NaviNet, "Seventy percent of U.S.
physicians, as well as hundreds of thousands of clinicians and other health
care professionals nationwide, rely on NaviNet for secure, real-time
administrative, financial and clinical communications with leading national,
commercial, Blue and Medicaid health plans."
As part of the agreement, NaviNet's network will provide
users of Prematics' mobile application with access to these multiple
Prematics' mobile platform is geared toward small and
midsize medical practices and is known as a tool for writing electronic medical
prescriptions, the company said. The Prematics Care Communication mobile
clinical application is designed to improve communication among medical
personnel and provide mobile alerts indicating how closely patients adhere to
medication schedules. Care Communication also provides information on drug
interactions, lab tests, overdue exams, pharmacies and clinical protocols on
health plan payment.
"Partnering with NaviNet allows us to provide care
management and coordination capabilities between NaviNet's health plan
customers and physician offices," Hutchinson
said in a statement. "This is a key step for Prematics as we continue the
expansion of our services to health plans in support of recent health reform
legislation through strategic partnerships."
Gregg Malkary, founder and managing director of Spyglass
Consulting Group, noted that these efforts to improve real-time communication
in the medical field and extend interoperability beyond proprietary systems
conform to the federal government's meaningful-use requirements for EMRs (electronic medical records).
Real-time access helps solve some of the interoperability
issues plaguing health care professionals as they go electronic, Malkary told
"It seems to me there is a critical need for care
coordination in health care today," Malkary said. "We live in silos
of data. The fact that we have this secure network that's actually leveraging
the payers' database about the patients and also what's also included in their
plan only helps improve the quality of care."
The agreement with NaviNet follows Prematics' Sept. 14 announcement
that it will make Care Communication available on the Apple iPhone and
NaviNet has recently expanded its network into the mobile
space. It also offers its messaging network on the desktop. In June, NaviNet announced
plans for a SAAS (software as a service) EMR
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company, FOXNews.com, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents, ScientificAmerican.com, USA Weekend and Womansday.com, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.