DURHAM, N.C. – Data connectivity provider Validic is powering a Microsoft project designed to gain a better understanding of patient engagement data.
“If patients have the ability to understand the implications of the decisions they are making regarding their health, they may see improved outcomes,” said Ashley Rae Needham, director of corporate initiatives at Validic.
Validic’s data connectivity platform will enable as many as 400 clinical and consumer devices to connect to Microsoft’s HealthVault Insights project, where the data from these devices will be combined with the patient’s electronic health record data, to be analyzed by machine learning capabilities. Based on the results, the patient will receive trends and correlations to help them improve the management of their general wellness and certain chronic conditions.
Clinicians will also be able to remotely view the patient’s adherence and engagement with their care plan to track progress and monitor outcomes.
While patients will begin to understand their own health data, providers will gain context around a patient’s lifestyle, activities and health data.
The project is still in its early stages and Microsoft is working on the details of getting people involved. A start date isn’t confirmed yet, but Needham said the companies began talking about working together on the project two years ago.
Microsoft was using Apple Health and Google Fit for its HealthVault Insights project, but began partnership talks with Validic because the connectivity provider allows for a greater number of devices to be connected.
“Validic provides a core data channel for HealthVault Insights—enabling device data connectivity to hundreds of devices,” said Heather Jordan Cartwright, general manager of artificial intelligence and research at Microsoft, in a statement when the partnership was announced.
“Microsoft and Validic share a commitment to improving care delivery and patient outcomes through technology innovation and integration,” said Needham. “This project will help us define what data is most impactful—empowering the patient to better self-manage their health.”