TL:DR - While the world was still reeling from COVID-19, AWS launched a new service that simplifies, accelerates, and revolutionizes healthcare data management and analysis. In today’s business world, data is the key to the three P’s - performance, productivity, and profitability. In healthcare, we’d add a fourth P - patient outcomes.
In this article, we unlock the magic of Amazon HealthLake, giving you some insights on HealthLake’s data integration, and how you can leverage the platform to analyze data and improve patient care.
Amazon HealthLake is a fully-managed, HIPAA-eligible service that allows healthcare organizations to securely store, transform, and analyze large volumes of health data in the cloud. It normalizes unstructured health data from various sources, such as electronic health records (EHRs), medical images, and genomics data, making it easier to extract valuable insights, visualize the data, and improve patient care.
AWS HealthLake takes machine learning algorithms to the next level and gives healthcare providers a leg up in using the data they have toward better outcomes. Because it is HIPAA-compliant, Amazon HealthLake provides strong data privacy and security measures, including end-to-end encryption, data access controls, and audit logs, to ensure that sensitive patient information is protected.
There is, however, one important caveat: data in Amazon HealthLake must be converted into Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), today’s modern standard for exchanging electronic healthcare information.
Converting to FHIR is an essential step in achieving interoperability and unlocking the full potential of Amazon HealthLake. Some of the challenges in the conversion processes include:
If Amazon HealthLake relies on such comprehensive data formatting, is it worth the effort to scale the FHIR wall to jump into the HealthLake?
In short, yes. Scaling the wall means scaling your business.
Machine learning algorithms are very powerful tools. They help identify patterns in patient data - demographics, medical conditions, and treatment outcomes - to better understand customer behavior and preferences.
The power of this data is endless. And it is a differentiator between you and others in your competitive space.
Imagine your growth potential when you are able to demonstrate that patient data is protected and that it is transformed into real-time insight that improves patient care.
If you need more justification that Amazon HealthLake is worth the investment, the core benefits are:
To accomplish all of this, you need the right partner to:
In the short time that Amazon HealthLake has been available, Ibexlabs has unlocked its potential and has partnered with healthcare providers to navigate their transition to this unique cloud service.
WellBeam Inc. is a healthcare technology platform that is transforming the transition of patient care. The platform offers a care coordination bridge between physician teams and third-party care providers, who continue patient care once patients leave the health system (Post-Acute).
Every day, care providers interface with physicians' teams to obtain essential care authorizations and manage serious patient conditions. The platform includes features such as mobile, on-the-go physician authorizations, secure messaging portal care teams across organizations.
The WellBeam platform is also integrated with EMRs on industry standard means for sharing patient treatment data and documents, saving hundreds of hours of manual medical record sharing.
Their product delivers improved clinical outcomes, which results in faster reimbursement, lower overheads and higher revenues.
But they needed better real-time analytics and patient care data that Amazon Healthlake could provide. And they needed a partner to convert their records into FHIR.
Our experience with electronic medical records (EMR) systems and our ability to build a transition layer to convert WellBeam’s data was ideal. We leveraged the AWS Jumpstart program to help WellBeam offset the cost of the solution.
Using an iterative and agile approach, we collaborated with WellBeam on requirements and followed this detailed step-by-step process:
WellBeam now has access to real-time data that not only improves patient outcomes but allows them to scale, demonstrate high level competencies, and grow their business.
If you are a healthcare provider, data can be the catalyst for your innovation, and Ibexlabs can help accelerate your growth.
In this video Pacal Odek, CTO of WellBeam tells us how FHIR and AWS HealthLake is driving innovation.