Georgia Tech recently demonstrated a new digital health platform developed for the Department of Veterans Affairs that integrates data from practically anywhere, where EMRs like Epic or VistA or Healthkit enabled apps exist.

In this demonstration project, the VA and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) asked for a health IT system that could pull data in from different silos. That’s a particularly important problem to solve for these entities since they care for veterans across the country whose health data is scattered across different health systems, clinics, labs, and imaging centers.

The team at Georgia Tech worked with industry collaborators including Salesforce, Apervita, Mulesoft, and others. The platform makes use of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), a new toolkit for standardizing health data to make it more easy to exchange between different systems, as well as a set of APIs they developed for the work.

The overall project created 21 system APIs, which control how specific types of data flow into and out of the DHP. This included data exchanges with the Cerner EHR (representing the Department of Defense and a community hospital), Duke University Medical Center (Epic) as an academic medical provider, DocSnap personal health record (connecting to a Navy medicine pilot project), and personal health monitoring devices via Apple Healthkit and Validic.

Another interesting part of the platform is an analytics layer designed to predict services veterans will need when they leave active duty based on their health records while in the service. So if a veteran suffered head trauma, they may be plugged into neurology.

Tearing down the data silos that are scattered throughout healthcare is a goal of many and this open-source platform being developed at Georgia Tech could help make that a reality.

Source: Press Release