HIMSS 2012 – No More Clipboard, Jeff Donnell

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Amy Monagan, EHRtv correspondent interviews Jeff Donnell, President of No More Clipboard.

Category: HIMSS12, Tradeshows, Uncategorized
Date: March 14, 2012
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Amy Monagan: This is Amy Monagan, with EHRtv in HIMSS 2012 in Las Vegas. I’m with Jeff Donnell, president of No More Clipboard. Jeff thank you for being with us today…

Jeff Donnell: Thank you.

Amy Monagan: Can you start off by telling me a little bit about No More Clipboard.

Jeff Donnell: Sure. No More Clipboard is a patient engagement company.

Amy Monagan: Okay.

Jeff Donnell: We focus on personal health records, patient portals and other solutions that are designed to help patients organize, manage and share their information with loved ones, family members, care givers, as well as their clinical providers be it a hospital, health system, physician practice, nursing home, wherever a patient happens to get care.

Amy Monagan: Can you tell me a little bit about patient engagement and the growth of that?

Jeff Donnell: Yeah. Patient engagement is really taking off like a rocket. And I personally spent about the last six years of my life out there doing pick and shovel missionary work and five years ago people looked at me like I had three heads. Now all of a sudden, people are really interested. And I think about a year ago it’s like someone flipped the giant switch. And there are a number of factors behind it. Part of it is there are patient engagement requirements that are part of Meaningful Use. We also have a big push by folks of the ONC and HHS to really make access to electronic information easy for a patient. And they’re pushing that really, really hard. And I think also, the healthcare community is just waking up to the fact that, guess what? Consumers bank, book, travel, buy books on line and the last thing they want to do is show up at a doctor’s office and be handed a clipboard and told here, fill out all these forms.

Amy Monagan: Exactly.

Jeff Donnell: So add all those things together and good things are happening.

Amy Monagan: Okay. Talk to me a little bit about the EMR companies in which you integrate with.

Jeff Donnell: Sure. Well our philosophy is that a personal health record should be portable and interoperable so that you can, as a patient, you should be able to share information with anybody and interoperate with any application be it an electronic health record, health information exchange and other PHR. We work with several EHR companies actively - Medical Informatics Engineering, Spring Medical, Silk Information Systems, some of the smaller ones. But we’ve also started to do some integration work with some large companies as well like Allscripts. As well, one of the nice things is that one of the requirements for an electronic health record vendor to get certified for Meaningful Use is they have to be able to generate what’s called the CCD, Continuity of Care Document. That’s a standard electronic document. As long as we can get our hands on that, we can import it to No More Clipboard, take the data out and populate a personal health record.

Amy Monagan: Okay, very good. Tell me a little bit about what you are focusing on at the HIMSS this year.

Jeff Donnell: Sure. This year in HIMSS we’ve got probably our most exciting announcement is actually with a client of ours. We’re working with Meridian Health, which is a large health system on the Jersey shore, they have 6 hospitals. And as they try to do a better job of managing patients with chronic conditions, as they head down the accountable care organization path, they’ve tried out every imaginable medical device, gadget, you know, trying to do a better job of engaging their patients. And they’ve been frustrated. So they actually started a joint venture with a Swedish company. And the name of the joint venture is iMPak, I-M-P-A-K. And what they’ve developed is a series of journals. So this is actually like a piece of cardboard. And embedded in this cardboard is a chip set. So a patient will actually push a start button, hear an audible beep and they can answer a series of questions. We’ve developed this for things like adult asthma, COPD, congestive heart failure, medication adherence, health and wellness, weight management, a whole host of different applications. But it actually collects and stores electronic data and it will store up to 30 days worth of data.

Amy Monagan: Okay.

Jeff Donnell: And the nice thing about this is it uses what’s called touch and post technology. You put this on an NFC, a Near Field Communication reader which can be hooked to a computer or embedded in a mobile phone. It sucks the data right out of this thing. And then we make it available to a patient or their family in a normal clipboard personal health record. And then we’ve also developed clinical portals so that a case manager or health advocate, who is managing say 150 patients with congestive heart failure, to keep track of all the data that comes from here and then we alert that care manager when a patient maybe needs more aggressive intervention. So as you think about medical home models, accountable care organization models, people try to reduce readmission rates, this is perfect for the millions and millions of patients like senior citizens who will never use a computer.

Amy Monagan: Right.

Jeff Donnell: Safety net patients who can’t afford technology. With this, we can still collect electronic data and get it where it needs to be to improve care.

Amy Monagan: That’s a really interesting use of technology. Can you tell me a little bit about what’s on the horizon for you?

Jeff Donnell: Well we’re, right now we’re working with a number of organizations on this technology, for example, with pharmaceutical companies…

Amy Monagan: Okay.

Jeff Donnell: -who are interested in using this for things like medication adherence. The other thing that we’re looking at is how can we do a better job of not only connecting consumers with their clinicians. But what we’ve heard from our consumers is how in the world can you get my doctors to all talk to one another? Because I go to my primary care physician, I get referred to this specialist then to that specialist. And none of them communicate. And none of them have full access to all my information.

Amy Monagan: Right.

Jeff Donnell: So, we’re working on expanding our platform to really engage not only the patient or family members but everybody that’s involved in a patient’s care.

Amy Monagan: It’s very interesting. Well thank you so much for taking the time to be with us today.

Jeff Donnell: Thank you.

Amy Monagan: This is Amy Monagan with EHRtv at HIMSS 2012.

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