Medisafe, in collaboration with Epic and Cerner, will soon allow users to merge medication lists from different EMRs using a new interoperability standard.

Today’s medical landscape is vastly different from what it was just ten years ago. Physicians no longer scratch observations on a paper record; they use medical apps on laptops, tablets, and smartphones to log. Consequently, most patient information is held in disparate locations electronically. Now, companies and government organizations are looking for a new way to access this data for the benefit of the patient and the ease of the medical professional. When a patient is using different medications and working with various facilities it’s always a tedious–and sometimes impossible–process to coordinate patient medication information across hospitals, doctors’ offices, and clinics.

Medisafe is a medication management app that we first reviewed about two years ago. Going beyond just serving as a medication reminder app, Medisafe has also done some interesting work in trying to integrate connected health data to generate insights into the users health and well-being. At the Connected Health Conference last month, Medisafe showcased a proof-of-concept demo on interoperability of electronic medical records, a major initiative of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).

Medisafe demonstrated the potential of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) which will act as a standard for health care data exchange between now separated data silos. Medisafe’s app successfully merged data from two of the largest health information companies in the U.S., Cerner Corporation and Epic Systems, to create a consolidated list of patient’s medication from different sources in accordance with HIPAA.

Inaccurate medication lists are frustrating to both clinicians and patients alike, particularly when we all know the data to make them more accurate is out there. And while merging the lists is great, hopefully we’ll see ongoing work to proactively identify errors (eg a medication that hasn’t been filled at any pharmacy in 5 years) and enable patients to review their own EMR medication lists for accuracy.

Source: Press Release