BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Birmingham-based IllumiCare™ announces growing adoption with its implementation at four St. Vincent's Health System hospitals and new partnership with the Texas Hospital Association.
Everywhere physicians go to order things – a restaurant, shopping online, etc. – they see the cost of things...except inside hospitals. Studies show that informing physicians about treatment costs and/or risk of patient harm, at the time and place they are about to order the next test or medication, causes them to order fewer and less expensive tests and medications.
IllumiCare is a patent-pending, non-intrusive ribbon of information that hovers over a hospital's electronic medical record and gives physicians real-time, patient-specific data. It presents the human and financial cost of care – not just how much radiology tests cost, but also the patient's cumulative medical radiation exposure and associated cancer risk; not just the cost of labs, but also the estimated blood loss from all those lab draws and the risk of hospital-acquired anemia; not just the cost of scheduled medications, but the risk of adverse drug reactions, etc.
The first health system to implement IllumiCare was St. Vincent's Health System. A small group of physicians were included in its initial rollout. Their feedback was critical in improving the experience for future physicians who get access. "It means a lot to me that my home hospital is one of the first hospitals in the nation to track patients' medical radiation exposure from radiology tests, estimated blood loss from inpatient lab tests and other key patient safety indicators," said the Birmingham visionary behind IllumiCare, Dr. Mukul Mehra. "We want to empower our clinicians with information that is not currently available at the point of care," he added.
IllumiCare has started to attract the attention of many other health systems. Just today it announced a partnership with the Texas Hospital Association to leverage this technology in Texas hospitals.
"We are very excited about the possibilities, because IllumiCare is a platform to visualize any patient-specific data concurrent with the electronic medical record in a way that is clinically non-intrusive, EMR-agnostic and easily implemented," stated G.T. LaBorde, IllumiCare's chief executive officer. He continued, "We are very excited to help our customers use this customizable tool to meet their needs."
IllumiCare combines actionable clinical and financial intelligence in a non-intrusive ribbon of information presented to hospital providers at the point of care. To see IllumiCare in action, see: http://www.illumicare.com/quick-tour. IllumiCare is located in Birmingham, AL. For more information, please visit www.illumicare.com or call 205-578-1738.
SOURCE IllumiCare, Inc.