The cooperative aggregates EHR data from nursing facilities

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A collective of long-term care providers and tech companies are working together to develop the nation’s most comprehensive health records system to monitor the impact of care treatments on nursing home residents and nursing homes. conduct robust public health surveillance of infections.

The Long-Term Care Data Cooperative is the first of its kind where providers oversee how their data is used, especially by academic researchers and public health specialists, according to the American Health Care Association (AHCA), which represents more than 14,000 nonprofits and owners. skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute care centers and homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Healthcare technology platform company PointClickCare recently joined MatrixCare, American HealthTech Inc., Brown University, and Exponent Inc. to aggregate EHRs and related data representing geographically and structurally diverse nursing care facilities to create health records. to monitor residents’ needs and outcomes. The system will allow providers to receive targeted data reports that can help improve care. It will also support public health surveillance and academic research to generate concrete evidence on the effectiveness of different treatments and care practices.

“We are extremely excited that PointClickCare, a company committed to improving resident outcomes with data, is joining the cooperative to help us continue to protect and care for our most vulnerable resident population in an ever-changing environment,” said David Gifford, MD. , MPH, AHCA’s chief medical officer and board-certified gerontologist, in a statement. “Prior to beginning this effort, we found little academic research or clinical evidence on effective treatments for elderly nursing home residents, as they are often excluded from federally funded research due to lack of data. . Today’s announcement opens the door to research to help understand how to best treat our residents.

“The pandemic has driven long-term and post-acute care providers as well as life science companies to leverage longitudinal patient data to mitigate the challenges of on-site clinical trials, and we can expect this collaboration to pave the way for future innovations in healthcare,” said Jeff Wessinger, vice president and general manager of life sciences at PointClickCare, in a statement. “We have an idea of ​​the majority of aging patients in North America, and we are proud to share this data, where permitted, with healthcare organizations, government agencies and life science companies. to help discover cures and improve outcomes.

The AHCA notes that a barrier to developing appropriate clinical and operational responses to COVID-19 has been the lack of comprehensive data. In fact, most clinical guidelines are based on studies in younger, healthier people, with no idea what works for older people living in nursing homes, often with multiple chronic conditions. Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have data reporting systems, they do not provide enough clinical information to understand and assess the impact of treatments such as vaccines and antivirals. on the lives of residents. The cooperative will try to meet these challenges.

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