Key decisions in Healthcare are dependent upon the availability and integration of a diverse set of information sources; patient records, physician’s notes, lab results, claim data as well as professional journals and yes, sometimes social media. This important information is stored in disparate information repositories, in multiple formats and uses specific language and vocabulary.

For healthcare organizations, the need to convert and manage this large and diverse information set to derive practical insight where security, integration and analytics are key components to providing:

  • A complete patient view to drive improved clinical outcomes.
  • Increased transparency of sensitive information’s security, governance and management processes.
  • Meaningful Use criteria to improve electronic health record quality, efficiency and reduce health disparities.

Semaphore can connect data silos, unify information and apply context and meaning to all information assets to drive analytics, comply with a rapidly changing regulatory landscape and foster information discovery.

Drive Analytics

Whether you’re a healthcare provider, insurer, administrator or other healthcare agency you need to effectively gather, share and use information to improve operational efficiency, drive profitability and minimize risk. The information to drive analytics is found in unstructured text such as, doctor’s notes found in patient files and social worker and visiting nurses reports, it’s locked up in multiple silos and the vocabulary used is group, department and organization specific. In order to stay in business healthcare organizations must have a complete and accurate picture of their organization in order to:

  • Understand and improve care management and patient experience – from prevention and wellness programs to long-term disease management the ability to identify and target the right members with the best programs and incentives in order to focus on successful medical outcomes.
  • Improve operational performance – perform root cause analysis for costly readmission and prolonged stay situations to improve hospital protocol and performance and reduce the overall cost of care.
  • Optimize care plans using claims analysis – correlate information between disparate sources in order to optimize care plans and provide claims analysts with the information to identify abuse or fraud.

Semaphore Ontology Editor lets you to model the topics and concepts associated with each segment within the healthcare domain. These rules drive the classification process, which applies precise, complete and consistent metadata to all information. With Semaphore, all information is unified into a single view where users can find the right information at the right time to improve care management and operational performance and optimize care plans.

Comply with a Rapidly Changing Regulatory Landscape

In an industry where laws dictate interactions between companies and professionals, professional associations have established guidelines and code of ethics policies and institutions and medical associations have established conflict of interest policies the process of manually safeguarding information is unfeasible. Having the right tools and technology allows healthcare organizations and professionals to comply with:

  • Meaningful Use directives - using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities, to engage patients and family, improve care coordination and population and public health and maintain privacy and security of patient information.
  • HIPPA privacy rules, which proscribes appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, sets limits and conditions on information sharing and identifies patients’ rights over their own records.
  • Personally identifiable information (PII) privacy law, which protects information that could potentially identify a specific individual when used on its own or in conjunction with other information.

With Semaphore, healthcare agencies can identify and secure individual fields and information assets to comply with PII, HIPPA and other privacy mandates and provide transparency and consistency for information governance workflows.

Leverage Information to Improve Outcomes

As medical technology evolves and medical care improves, life expectancy rises. In the U.S., healthcare providers are moving toward a value-based care model, which emphasizes preventative care to improve outcomes and lower overall costs. Today’s healthcare organizations must:

  • Unify and manage all information from diverse sources into a single view to improve diagnosis, customize treatments and manage outcomes.
  • Reduce preventable errors.
  • Proactively identify and manage at risk situations and take immediate corrective action to minimize costs and eliminate negative outcomes.

Semaphore’s ontology management, auto classification, search and visualization tools allow healthcare organizations to link disparate data sources – internal and external - into a single view and use graph based technologies to analyze and discover connections that can improve diagnosis, reduce preventable errors, minimize costs and manage patient outcomes.

Universal Search

In healthcare organizations, delivering time-sensitive information to the right audience can be crucial to organizational as well as patient wellbeing. Most people who work in the healthcare industry interact with patients not computers yet their need for relevant information is important if they are to:

  • Deliver device and medicinal product recall information to doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare providers in real-time to manage positive patient outcomes.
  • Identify and prescribe the most appropriate medication/procedure based on patient history, drug interactions and medical best practices.
  • Quickly identify health plan coverage, exclusions and recent changes to appropriately manage patient care.

With Semaphore all information assets within a healthcare organization can be identified, tagged, automatically classified and made available to the right person at the right time – organizational and patient wellbeing is improved.

As healthcare organizations struggle to meet patient, government and community requirements, the information they rely on must be precise, complete and consistent. Smartlogic’s Semaphore platform provides global healthcare organizations with the tools and technology to power their organizations.