KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Truman Medical Center and Cerner are collaborating on a pilot project that merges remote patient monitoring data with patient electronic health records to increase patient engagement.
Cerner’s HealtheIntent population health management platform aggregates and analyzes the patient’s health information and sends automated alerts of concerning data patterns in near real-time to TMC care teams so they can proactively intervene with essential treatment plans.
“We try to stay ahead of the curve with the technology we have in place,” said Jeffrey Hackman, chief medical information officer at Truman Medical Center. “With the pilot, we are exploring how we can leverage that technology and stay connected with patients when they go home. Are the patients willing to engage differently with their care through the use of technology in their home?”
The pilot is studying how monitoring patients with high-risk chronic conditions in their home might increase patient engagement. It began about eight months ago with 20 patients who were identified through algorithms in Cerner’s HealtheIntent platform as those who could benefit from enhanced remote monitoring. The patients have diabetes or heart failure that is poorly controlled, or disease-associated complications.
While the pilot so far has resulted in the reductions of some biometrics, like an overall trend downward in blood pressure, one of the biggest lessons has been the importance of health coaching.
“We have this misconception that the technology is enough, but it’s not,” said Hackman. “There needs to be someone to reinforce the self-management plan.”
Two years ago, TMC and Cerner entered into a strategic relationship dedicated to the transformation of health care in Kansas City. The pilot is part of that collaboration, called KC one Health Innovation Alliance, which aims to solve challenges in health care such as how to lower costs, enhance the quality of care and improve patient safety.
“We’re not just connecting devices but also introducing data intelligence,” said Katy Bleish, manager of associate learning and developer at Cerner. “The dual focuses of connectivity and intelligence are putting us on the leading edge of innovation with this pilot.”