by Marcia Nusgart, Executive Director, Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders
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Salt Lake City, UT – May 12, 2017 – Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit health system based in Utah, announced that it will apply Tissue Analytics’ advanced imaging technology, integrated with its Cerner’s electronic health record (EHR) system, across all its hospitals, wound clinics, and Homecare groups. Tissue Analytics develops advanced imaging algorithms designed to help clinicians measure and track wound healing. Most wound measurement is performed with a ruler and visual approximation, with error rates that exceed 45 percent. Such inaccuracy can inhibit the ability of clinicians to assess patient progress and communicate data to other clinicians. Tissue Analytics is designed to automatically derive wound healing rates using photographs collected from mobile technology.
“Intermountain has been a leader in healthcare innovation for decades,” said Kevin Keenahan, co-founder and CEO of Tissue Analytics. “Our technology helps clinicians, patients and administrators track wound care in near real-time across the continuum of care through integrating with Cerner’s medical record system.”
Intermountain Healthcare’s decision to integrate Tissue Analytics into its Cerner solution came after a successful proof of concept and pilot program. The initial proof of concept was conducted at Intermountain's Dixie Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic. Success there led to a 16-week, larger scale pilot that involved all of Intermountain’s wound care clinics and Intermountain Homecare. The pilot involved 89 clinicians and more than 200 patients. Forty-three of those patients were seen at both the clinics and home care. These efforts culminated in a SMART® on FHIR®-based integration with Cerner core technology. With Tissue Analytics, Intermountain Healthcare now has the ability to share accurate data about a patient’s wound between the inpatient, clinic, and homecare settings.
“The proof of concept and pilot collaboration helped us work with Cerner and Tissue Analytics to shape the product and integration in a way that clinicians would find productive and effective,” said Todd Dunn, Innovation director at Intermountain. “The collaboration highlighted the ability of large health systems to work, through innovation groups, at the cutting edge of healthcare. The integration with Cerner will help Tissue Analytics complement our existing workflows, improve accuracy, and provide new analytics for wound care.”
“The successful deployment of the Tissue Analytics app demonstrates how Cerner Open Developer Experience (code) is delivering on our vision to accelerate healthcare innovation,” said Jeff Townsend, executive vice president and chief of staff, Cerner. “code is an important part of our innovation ecosystem that creates a path for companies, like Tissue Analytics, to embed valuable apps directly into our clients’ EHR workflows at the point of care.”
The Tissue Analytics technology will be integrated into 22 hospitals, eight outpatient wound clinics, and the entire Intermountain Homecare group.
“The success of the Intermountain Healthcare and Tissue Analytics pilot started with a shared understanding of how technology enhances our ability provide excellent care while striving for continuous improvement,” says William Tettelbach, MD. “The focus of healthcare is centered on caregivers and patients, and supporting them with the proliferation of meaningful technology, such as Tissue Analytics, to advance safe and high quality care for this generation and generations to come.”
About Tissue Analytics, Inc.
Tissue Analytics, Inc., is a Baltimore-based medical imaging and data analytics company dedicated to revolutionizing wound care through its proprietary wound tracking app. Tissue Analytics was founded in 2014 by Kevin Keenahan, Joshua Budman, and Dr. Gabriel Brat of John Hopkins University. Tissue Analytics is backed by Tencent, DreamIt Ventures, and Penn Medicine. For more information about Tissue Analytics, visit www.tissue-analytics.com
About Intermountain Healthcare
Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based, not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, including a free-standing children's hospital, 180 clinics, a Medical Group with some 1,500 employed physicians and advanced practitioners, a health plans division called SelectHealth, and other health services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain, visit www.intermountainhealthcare.org.
Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 25,000 provider facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit cerner.com, read our blog at blogs.cerner.com, connect with us on Twitter at twitter.com/cerner and on Facebook at facebook.com/cerner.
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