After attending yesterday’s closing presentation at VUE15, where Voalte’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer Trey Lauderdale unveiled three new clinical communications solutions that his company will launch in 2016 (we will publish a rundown of each solution on November 16), I had the opportunity to speak with Michael Blum, MD, Director, Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI) at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). I was given this exclusive interview as a means of learning more about the origins and the goals of one of the new offerings announced at the conference, Voalte Story, a co-development venture between Voalte and CDHI that provides an interactive patient wall similar in nature to Facebook that clinicians may access to post and link texts or alarms to a specific patient.
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Free: Please describe the history of CDHI, as well as your role within the organization today.
Blum: I’m the Director of CDHI. I’m also the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Medical Information Officer at UCSF.
When we came out of our enterprise data and electronic health record (EHR) implementation at UCSF, it became more obvious that there were many next-generation issues and opportunities that we needed to tackle in order to leverage our evolving technologies to generate the best ideas and practices that we need for our work. We knew that we had to really get out and engage with our patients and consumers in a much deeper way, requiring us to make moves far beyond the EHR.
While EHR is critically important to running a complex center today, that with the changes that are going on in healthcare from healthcare reform and a move toward precision medicine, we were going to need much more than electronic data warehousing.
We also understood that the digital technologies and consumer engagement were driving very rapidly towards a different, much more consumer, ambulatory look at healthcare. There were new data sources that we were going to need to consider as we went forward like patient-generated data, device-generated data, genomic data, other omic data, and we needed ways to think about those streams of information. That lead to the creation of CDHI.