Like a lot of innovative ideas, Dr. Naveen Goel's inspiration grew out of a frustration with the status quo.
As a busy Plantation based interventional nephrologist, he ran into the usual dysfunction of the American healthcare system: difficulty sharing health information with other providers and patients, episodic care that failed to properly treat chronic conditions plus disengaged and uninformed patients, ill-prepared to contribute to their own health maintenance.
Dr. Goel saw the inefficiencies from the patient perspective as well. He watched aging family members, despite competent and caring providers, suffer due to poor coordination of care, botched medication management plus unnecessary office visits and avoidable hospital admissions.
He began to envision what an efficient, patient focused system would look like:
· Seamless information sharing with the healthcare team
· Continuous monitoring instead of episodes of care
· Care coordination with informed and empowered patients at the center
The current push towards value based care combined with major information technology advances created an opportunity for Dr. Goel to make a difference. He shared his vision with his old friend Sanjay Deo, a healthcare IT specialist. Mr. Deo wrote the computer code that brought Dr. Goel's idea from concept to reality. Their creation, called HealthKOS (www.healthkos.com
), is a patient centric solution that is easy to use. It empowers the patient to monitor their health through bluetooth enabled devices and allows the healthcare team to monitor patient progress outside the physician's office, leading to timely interventions and preventing unnecessary disease progression and hospitalizations. HealthKOS is an interactive health IT solution which securely shares information via automated interactions, within the patient network. The processes optimize medication use and care coordination. With a click of a button, patients have access to their health history from any mobile device and can share it with physicians or patient care members.
Their web based IT solution offers three inter-connected services:
· Patient Health Mgmt - personalized health maintenance with connected care shifts health data ownership and integration to a patient-focused and caregiver-accessible model
· Patient Medication Mgmt- dubbed virtual Pillbox, this application handles medication review, tracking and reminders
· Telehealth-connecting patient to their own physician, enhancing the already established "doctor - patient" relationship and greatly improving the patient's quality of life
HealthKOS is targeting accountable care organizations, hospitals, health plans and employers to offer the HealthKOS application to their populations. HealthKOS is offered as Software as a service (SaaS, pronounced /sæs/), a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. "At $3 per patient, per month, HealthKOS pays for itself in greatly improved outcomes," states Allan German, Director of Business Development for the startup.
"We believe HealthKOS will be a game changer in how medicine is practiced. HealthKOS 'Continuous Connected Care' should become the new standard of care replacing the current system of 'Episodic Care'. This is the way medicine should be practiced as it will save time and money for both doctors and patients," adds Dr. Goel.
For more information, visit www.HealthKOS.com
or call 855-227-3567.