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Welcome to the Empowered Patient Podcast with Karen Jagoda.  This show is a window into the latest innovations in digital health and the changing dynamic between doctors and patients.

Topics on the show include

  • the emergence of precision medicine and breakthroughs in genomics
  • advances in biopharmaceuticals
  • age-related diseases and aging in place
  • using big data from wearables and sensors
  • transparency in the medical marketplace
  • challenges for connected health entrepreneurs

The audience includes researchers, medical professionals, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, patients, caregivers, solution providers, students, journalists, and investors.

Jan 31, 2024

Dr. Holly Miller, Chief Medical Officer at MedAllies, discusses the importance of data interoperability and usability to provide clinicians and patients with information that can lead to better-informed decisions.  The Sequoia Data Usability Project focuses on ensuring that data is trustworthy and useable. MedAllies is involved in the related Taking Root Movement, which promotes the adoption of the Sequoia Data Usability Implementation Guide. Holly emphasizes the need for solutions to provide a friendly user interface and software design that improves the providers' workflow.  

Holly explains, "Medallies offers multiple interoperable networks, ensuring the secure transmission of critical health information among healthcare constituents. It's important that the listeners understand that we've moved to a world where a lot of data is being captured electronically. To optimize clinician-patient decision-making and patients being able to make decisions for themselves, that data has to move across the healthcare environment to wherever someone is being seen for care."

"This project and Sequoia understand that for healthcare constituents to adopt and use interoperability, the data has to be usable, reliable, and trustworthy. The data usability workgroup, currently comprised of 391 organizations with 486 participants, has focused on ensuring that data received through interoperability is trustworthy and usable. The first implementation guide by this group was published about a year ago and focused on data provenance, effective use of codes, reducing duplicates, data integrity, data tagging for searchability, and the effective use of narrative captured in electronic health records."  

"In many cases, it's about making the right thing to do the easy thing. And so, the system's user interface, where the data comes across into an end-user system, has to be easy to use. It has to be easy to integrate into the system that receives it and to be easy to reconcile it with the data that already exists in your system."

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