Healthcare costs are rising and insurance premiums are going up making healthcare technology an area ripe for innovation. Managed Care is putting pressure on providers to provide quality services while keeping costs low. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) have to coordinate care between hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers to avoid unnecessary duplication of services and prevent medical errors. Payors are giving payment incentives to providers to improve health outcomes and lower costs. In turn, providers are looking to furnish more care outside of traditional healthcare settings, lower readmission rates, and promote adherence to care plans. Also, long-term chronic disease management has become very important as the population ages.
Consumers demand that their health records are secure and private. Any Health IT solution has to ensure Data Privacy and keep Protected Health Information (PHI) safe under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rule. Unvired has developed solutions that provide authentication, authorization, auditing, and encryption of all data.
The Medical Internet of Things (IoT) with its connected medical devices is beginning to help monitor, inform and notify not only caregivers but provide healthcare providers with actual data to identify issues before they become critical or to allow for earlier invention. Mobile devices can now be used in conjunction with blood pressure, heart rate, and other sensors to monitor patients. Apple and other companies have rolled out Health-related apps that make patient health monitoring easier.
One of the biggest requirements for any effective healthcare IT solution is integration with Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems like Epic, Cerner, and others. Standards like HL7 (Health Level-7) have been defined to ease the interoperability between healthcare applications.
Unvired has developed mobile and web apps that are designed to be HIPAA compliant and that integrate with EHR systems.