Phytel, a Dallas-based technology developer, demonstrated its newly revamped automated care management platform at the Health 2.0 fall conference in San Francisco.
The company launched its new software as a service (SaaS)-based Atmosphere platform last week – a revamp of its Proactive Outreach system – and is demoing the new version at Health 2.0, one of the industry’s leading health technology conferences.
The new Phytel Atmosphere platform uses evidence-based guidelines for more than 250 conditions to monitor patients – and improve compliance. So if a diabetic patient is due for his or her annual foot exam, for example, and hasn’t made an appointment, Atmosphere will keep track of the need for an appointment, contact the patient electronically, and help set up and confirm appointments.
At the same time, new Atmosphere tools enable providers to analyze populations of patients and identify gaps in care, which is where the metrics from evidence-based medicine come in. The latest version also provides graphical displays of patients at risk, mapping, for example, those patients who haven’t followed-up after being released from the hospital and who, as a result, may be at risk.
Atmosphere integrates with electronic medical record (EMR) data to help providers more proactively identify and contact patients at-risk for health complications. It integrates with approximately 50 different EMR and practice management systems, resulting in better healthcare data.
The Atmosphere platform has a number of different modules, including:
• Phytel Remind, a patient appointment-management application
• Phytel Outreach, which helps providers identify patients due for recommended care
• Phytel Insight, identifying patients whose care falls outside of standard guidelines
• Phytel Coordinate, helping providers determine (and fill) gaps in care
• Phytel Engage, a suite of tools that helps providers actively engage patients in their care
• Phytel Transition, closing the gap between a hospital or ER discharge and patient follow-up
• Phytel Notify, tracking when patients are due for care
• Phytel PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System), enabling providers to report clinical data separately from claims.
The company initially debuted Atmosphere in a Health 2.0 pre-conference workshop held Sunday, Sept. 23, entitled “Doctors 2.0: Patient Communication." The platform was again demoed during Tuesday’s session, “The Next Generation of Health 2.0 in the Doctor’s Office."
"Phytel is transforming the way physicians deliver and coordinate care by automating the care-management process and helping providers improve health outcomes for their entire patient population," shares Richard Hodach, M.D., chief medical officer of Phytel, in a statement. "Health 2.0 is the perfect venue for Phytel to demonstrate this new and innovative platform, and join the discussion on next-generation online and mobile technologies in healthcare."
The Health 2.0 Conference is a showcase for technology innovations that are transforming the healthcare system. It serves as a community resource for search, online, cloud, web and mobile technologies to help consumers manage their health and to help providers improve healthcare.
Phytel, for its part, provides software for various groups within the healthcare system, including CEOs and administrators, chief medical officers and providers, quality managers, care managers, and billing and operations. Its patient registry stores data on 20 million patients nationwide, according to the company. The organization plans to make its Atmosphere API available to outside developers, so they can engineer applications based on the Atmosphere platform.