WeIVU Integrates HealthShare Platform for EHR Data Exchange
Using HealthShare, WelVU connects its mobile and Web-based applications to the clinical data platforms at hospitals and other clinical partners.Mobile and Web-based patient engagement technology specialist WelVU announced it has integrated the InterSystems HealthShare health informatics platform to become one of the first educational platforms to combine the power of multimedia patient education with individual patient data from an electronic health record (EHR) or health information exchange (HIE). Using HealthShare, WelVU connects its mobile and Web-based applications to the clinical data platforms at hospitals, health systems and other clinical technology partners. WelVU leverages HealthShare for interoperability with EHRs, which can extend the visual elements available to the provider while educating a patient. For example, instead of just using an anatomical illustration of a heart to explain potential problems, the provider can insert images from the patient’s latest echocardiogram or chest X-ray. Bidirectional data exchange securely transmits patient information into the WelVU platform. The resulting patient educational videos are submitted back to the EHR for documentation in the patient’s official record for the provider and care team to access.
"Patients’ understanding of their health care situation is one of the most important factors driving successful clinical outcomes and treatment compliance," Mark Friess, founder and CEO of WelVU., said in a statement. "Sadly, about 80 percent of what patients hear from their providers is forgotten after they leave their visit. Tapping the power of mobile and Web-based devices, we’ve found we can improve the patients’ understanding and retention of important health information by using vivid medical illustrations, the trusted words of their providers and their own personal clinical data."