Wellinx enhances wireless options for real time patient data access and disease management

St. Louis 26 July 2002Wellinx, creators of the first system providing diagnosis specific evidence-based medicine (EBM) at the point of care via wireless or desktop computers, has made available a new option that provides access to its clinical management system any time and any place there is an Internet connection. Called Wellinx Everywhere, this new functionality provides mobile access to physicians who license the Wellinx system, offering patient data in real time. Wellinx also launched a new Data Warehouse feature to complement its clinical management system. The new functionality enhances the value of the entire Wellinx point-of-care system, transforming the rich clinical data in the Wellinx databases to useful information for physicians, health care payers, and disease management programme providers.

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Physicians use the Wellinx clinical management and e-prescribing system to enhance the quality of care they provide for their patients. The Wellinx system offers doctors diagnosis specific information with suggested treatments which have been found to be the most efficacious and cost-effective for a particular diagnosis.

The new Wellinx Everywhere option lets physicians gain access to their patient diagnosis records, even when on call. Once on-line, the doctor can take advantage of the rich evidence-based support content of Wellinx to provide the best possible treatment for a particular patient, and even write and distribute a prescription on-line. The Wellinx Everywhere system provides the same benefits as the Wellinx wireless in-office system, such as maintaining information on a patient's drug formulary, automatically checking for dangerous drug-to-drug interactions, and tracking individual patient allergy data.

One of the main benefits for doctors is that Wellinx Everywhere respects the personal time of the physician. By allowing access to patient data and thousands of diagnoses any time and any place via the Internet, Wellinx helps reduce intrusions into the private time of doctors without sacrificing the quality of care for the patient. Wellinx Everywhere is available as an option to physicians licensing the Wellinx system.

In addition, the data provided by the Wellinx Data Warehouse allows a physician to see all of a patient's diagnoses and to tie each diagnosis to a specific course of therapy and/or prescription. This information is useful to physicians and disease management programme providers for identifying patients at the point-of-care who may benefit from participation in a specific programme, or whose condition may be better treated with an alternative therapy. It also benefits health care payers, such as managed care organisations, since it offers insight into how prescription drug therapies are being used to treat particular diseases.

"When a data pattern develops in the Data Warehouse, it can trigger messaging to physicians at the point-of-care from Wellinx on behalf of a managed care organisation or disease management programme partner. Physicians can then decide if the information provided could help enhance patient care or prevent rework issues after the encounter", stated James Bryant, Chairman and CEO of Wellinx.

For example, according to the FDA, the diabetes medicine metformin, known as Glucophage or Glucovance, should not be used in patients who also have congestive heart failure because of an increased risk of serious side effects. Recently published medical reports indicate that prescribers are often unaware of this potential problem. "This type of knowledge at the point-of-care goes a long way toward not only promoting and protecting the health and well being of patients, but also reducing costs on a per patient per year basis", Mr. Bryant added.

A recent announcement that St. Louis-based Esse Health had achieved a generic prescribing rate above 60 percent compared to the national average of 45 percent was a result of information supplied by the Data Warehouse. "All data from the Warehouse is safeguarded in compliance with HIPAA regulations", noted Mr. Bryant. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, outlines changes in the provision of health care, health services, health insurance, and the management of paper or electronic records.

These changes include defining standards and transaction sets for transmitting or handling electronic claims, remittance, and eligibility information as well as standards for assuring and protecting the privacy or security of patient-identifiable information. With the Wellinx Data Warehouse, key data and trends are captured and identified. "This information can then be provided to customers on a regular basis to help them understand the effectiveness of various treatment plan options on patient outcomes and cost", stated Mr. Bryant.

Wellinx offers a suite of software tools which integrate directly into the work flow of practising physicians. By providing both clinical and financial applications, all at the point of care, Wellinx helps physicians assure they are providing the highest quality care to their patients while optimising the performance of their practice. The Wellinx system helps achieve more informed decision-making on the part of physicians in both outpatient and inpatient settings, and allows patients to be more involved in their care through printable patient education materials. Wellinx also offers in-office and mail order drug distribution programmes that cut the time and costs involved in the prescription process, for physicians, their office staff, and the patients they serve.


Leslie Versweyveld

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