By Yael Grauer
Comprised of doctors and technologists that have been building software to integrate with work they do both professionally and recreationally, AgileMedicine is seeking to change the way healthcare providers and consumers use technology to access information.
AgileMedicine’s primary product is HealthFabric, a standards-based health engine that lets people store massive amounts of clinical health data in a format that allows it to be managed over the long term. As the core technology, HealthFabric acts as platform for a suite of other applications.
“The current problem in healthcare is that data sets are stored in very inflexible data stores, and will be in old databases from months. Even if they’re in newer systems, they’re stored in really proprietary formats,” co founder Brent Nelson explains. Although people have been trying to standardize and store the data in formats that are more queryable, nobody’s gotten much traction, he maintains.
AgileMedicine developed an engine to not only handle massive amounts of data, but also has a form engine on top of it which allows non-technical people to create their own forms on the fly, have the data sorted in the engine and be able to do analytics — such as querying or summaries.
HealthFabric gives organizations an inexpensive way to collect client data and report it to the Department of Health at the end of the year. Although a law was passed requiring information to be sent to the Department of Health, and some have adopted procedures already to get it into their workflow, it’s when penalties actually start that Nelson expects an increase in users.
HealthFabric is not only useful, but also less expensive than most alternatives. “A lot of solo practitioners have been really excited about it because to buy just a standard commercial product to do something like this is horrendously expensive and ours is pretty cheap, it’s $50 a month, and then they’re covered and it can eliminate a lot of overhead,” says Brent, adding that using Excel spreadsheets quickly becomes unmanageable.
Clinical Forms, also set on top of HealthFabric, allows people to track traditional clinical data.
AgiliSway uses the Nintendo WiiFit balance board to measure postural sway. “Postural sway is really important for looking at brain function, but traditionally the postural sway measurement platform start at about $10,000 dollars and go up to about $200,000 dollars depending on how complex you want them to be,” Nelson explains, adding that it’s been proven to be as sophisticated as the expensive devices.
AgiliSway provides a solution for those doing research with postural sway who don’t want to pay the huge upfront expense. The balance board is connected to HealthFabric, allowing users to collect data and look at everyone from football teams to schizophrenic patients to those suffering from brain injuries due to blast exposure from IEDs.