Health 2.0 New Orleans is dedicated to sparking healthcare innovation in New Orleans by connecting local interest, talent, and resources. The group hosts monthly educational meetings focused on healthcare, innovation and technology.
The next event, “Mobile Health at Ochsner: The Apple HealthKit and Epic EMR Integration”, will be held on April 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the GNO, Inc. offices downtown.
Health 2.0 is hosting a presentation and discussion with Jonathan Wilt, the Assistant Vice President of the Center for Innovation at Ochsner. He will be speaking about Ochsner’s integration of Apple HealthKit with the Epic EMR.
Ochsner was the first health system to successfully complete this integration, which has enabled some very interesting mobile health projects, explains Health 2.0 organizers.
More information from the Health 2.0 invite is below:
Mobile Health at Ochsner: The Apple HealthKit and Epic EMR Integration
Mobile phones are changing the delivery of healthcare. For example, by integrating electronic medical records (EMRs) with smart phones, clinicians can get access to robust real-world data supplied from patient phones and connected in-home devices. And because many patients are already using mobile phones, it’s relatively easy for them to supply their data. This vision of a better, more mobile healthcare system has been slow to come to fruition, however, because performing all of the necessary integrations to achieve it can be extremely burdensome from an IT standpoint.
The announcement of Apple HealthKit brought this vision of a mobile-enabled healthcare system much closer to reality. HealthKit allows apps and devices to share their data with the HealthKit app and with each other. The data is stored in a centralized and secure location, and the user is given control over how their health data is shared. By integrating HealthKit with an electronic medical record, data from a variety of apps and devices can be fed into the patient record for use by clinicians.
Ochsner recognized HealthKit’s potential and become the first health system to successfully integrate it with the Epic EMR. This integration was performed through the direction of Jonathan Wilt, the Assistant Vice President of the Center for Innovation at Ochsner. Jonathan leads a department of talented IT architects tasked with designing and implementing a variety of innovation projects to drive organizational strategic goals. Jonathan will be speaking about Ochsner’s HealthKit / Epic integration and how it’s being used to facilitate existing population health programs. Jonathan’s presentation will explain why the Center for Innovation selected their current projects and how the integration and maintenance of software systems drives overall IT strategy. Topics Jonathan will address include:
- Why the HealthKit integration is so beneficial from an IT standpoint
- How Ochsner is using the integration to monitor patients with chronic diseases in their homes
- How Ochsner has adapted its existing operations and processes to monitor and respond to this new data
- How mobile app developers can tailor their products to address the needs of healthcare systems moving to a mobile healthcare delivery model