‘What we can do together is phenomenal’
LOS ANGELES – Cedars-Sinai recently signed an agreement with a startup company that was part of its accelerator program.
The three-year agreement with health data software startup Noteworth will give the hospital’s physicians new ways to monitor patients at home.
“What we can do together is phenomenal,” said Joan August, vice president of service line operations at Cedars-Sinai.
With the Noteworth system, a physician can order patient generated health data from a patient’s electronic medical record. Once the data, such as vital signs, medication adherence and activity, are selected, Noteworth delivers appropriate digital health devices to the patient’s home, and provides support and training. Once the patient starts taking readings with the FDA-approved devices, secure data is sent back to the EMR in actionable, clinically relevant reports and customizable notifications.
August said that the ability to collect real-time data is one of the most important parts of the Noteworth system.
“It immediately sends that information to providers and that’s better help to them in terms of patient surveillance,” she said.
Cedars-Sinai is using the Noteworth system with cardiac patients to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure, as well as diabetes patients and high-risk mothers. They’re looking to use it for patients with chronic diseases in the future.
The Cedars-Sinai Accelerator invests $120,000 in each company and provides the chance to work side-by-side with physicians and patients who might use the product, as well as financing leaders, IT experts, reimbursement experts and other mentors, all while developing their technology.
“Rarely do developers get the chance to actually work this way,” said August. “All the pieces are together and we get all of those resources for them.”