SAN FRANCISCO – Cisco Systems and the University of California San Francisco are working to create a platform to enable data-sharing from multiple sources, including in-home devices.
The platform will be designed to make critical patient information available and accessible to those who need it, when they need it.
“The Connected Health Interoperability Platform will consolidate data from multiple sources to a single, or fewer, sources for patients, providers, payers and caregivers to check,” said Jason Mortensen, Healthcare Global Solutions manager at Cisco.
The CHIP will consist of a digital health application market place; a secure cloud-hosted data interoperability system across devices/apps/EMRs; and API services that enable feature-rich, interconnected app development.
Mortensen said an interconnected ecosystem of technologies is needed in today’s health care space to support data from consumer apps and sensors. Home health care providers can use that ecosystem to create patient engagement, manage population health and monitor chronic diseases, and collaborate with other institutions for more patient-centered care.
“Integrating EMR, Internet of Things and claims data has been an industry challenge,” said Mortensen. “We needed to figure out how to make all of that data from multiple sources workable.”
As part of the project, Cisco and UCSF will establish a collaborative center where their staffs, along with global health technology leaders, will collectively test and scale the CHIP across different devices, IT systems and software.
Developers will also find a “sandbox community” at the CHIP where they can experiment with UCSF’s healthcare APIs and services; work with test patient and consumer health data; and access developer toolkits and frameworks, as well as sample code libraries.
“By connecting the data, processes and experiences together across the participants in the health care ecosystem, we have an opportunity to truly transform health care,” said Mala Anand, senior vice president of Cisco’s Software Platforms Group, in a statement.
The CHIP will be piloted at the UCSF campus initially, eventually expanding to other UC system facilities and other partners nationwide.