DURHAM, N.C. – Validic, a digital health platform provider, and Sutter Health are partnering on a federal pilot project to determine how patient-generated health data can best be delivered to care teams and researchers to improve the care and outcomes of patients.
Validic and Sutter Health, a Sacramento, Calif-based nonprofit network of hospitals and doctors, were selected by Accenture Federal Services to guide one of two pilot projects. Results from the pilot will help Accenture, which is under contract with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, develop a research paper that identifies barriers to wider use of patient-generated data in clinical care and recommend how those barriers can be removed.
The pilot kicked off last month with patients with Type 2 diabetes. Patients received Sutter Health’s Mpower (Motivating Patients Online with Enhanced Resources) app on their smartphone. Using Validic’s digital health platform, the Mpower app has the ability to securely connect to various devices that measure blood glucose, blood pressure, level of activity and weight. The system interprets the information and provides visual feedback and motivational incentives to keep patients on track with their care program, and alert care teams when attention is required.
The Mpower app also leverages Validic’s VitalSnap, which enables patients to capture and share information from analog in-home medical devices using their smartphone cameras.
The pilot is part of the “Conceptualizing a Data Infrastructure for the Capture, Use and Sharing of Patient-Generated Health Data in Care Delivery and Research through 2024” project funded by ONC, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of this and other pilots: implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information to improve patient care.