Partners Healthcare to Introduce New Platform for Recording Patients Data

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Partners Healthcare is launching a new online system, Connected Health Integration Pathway (CHIP), to make workflow easier for clinicians as well as to provide an easy platform for patients to securely record and share their medical information with their care team. CHIP will be used to integrate patient-generated health data into Epic Hyperspace, which is Partners’ electronic health record system.

For instance, if a clinician wants a patient to record their blood pressure for the next 10 days, instead of maintaining a journal the patient can record and submit their readings directly to the system through their sphygmomanometer (blood pressure machine). Through CHIP, the data will be stored as a part of the patients’ medical history.

How does CHIP work for clinicians?

This system would work only if the provider invites their patients to record their medical readings. The invitation process happens within Epic, then the provider chooses what data they wish to see (weight, glucose, blood pressure, etc.)

How does CHIP work for patients?

Patients will receive invite and instructions through the existing Partners Patient Gateway (PPG). After accepting the terms and conditions, the patient will be directed to the Device Marketplace.

Through the Marketplace, patients can send data only from the listed available manufacturers and devices. The data collection begins when a patient authorizes the data pull.

It is important to note that a device can only be used by one patient and cannot be shared by multiple patients. But patients can use multiple devices from different manufacturers at any time.

Also, patients and providers can choose to stop data sharing any time.

CHIP is currently in the pilot mode, and is expected to be live in 2018.

The Partners Connected Health team creates and deploys mobile technologies in a number of patient populations and care settings, and is conducting innovative clinical studies to test the effectiveness of mobile health technologies in various clinical applications, including medication adherence, care coordination, chronic disease management, prevention and wellness. Visit www.partners.org/connectedhealth for more information.