By Patricia Hyle

StayWell is a health empowerment company that enables populations to improve health outcomes—whether they’re patients, employees or simply people who want to live healthier, happier lives. Patricia Hyle is vice president, clinical product management at StayWell.

I had to replace my smartphone recently. At the store, I spoke to the salesperson who told me about all of the new camera features – lens, pixels, etc. Externally, I was nodding and smiling. Internally, I kept thinking, “I just want to take pictures of my kids and dog.”

Maybe that’s the way you feel about health IT. Externally, you smile and nod when the definitions begin. Internally, you’re thinking, “I just want my job to be easier, faster, more efficient.” If you are into the technical or just want the promised seamless integration to actually be seamless, StayWell has you covered. We can geek out over the latest FHIR technical update and we also pay attention to what it really means for both clinicians and patients.

We’ve been dedicated to improving patient engagement for more than 40 years. We’ve turned to SMART (Substitutable Medical Applications, Reusable Technologies) and FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) to help us create seamless, on-demand information exchange.

And now for the geeky part: SMART, FHIR and health IT

You’ve probably heard the terms SMART and FHIR. Together, they create a framework to build health care applications that don’t rely on one specific vendor—so it can run across any health care system, and in a secure manner, without custom code. SMART is the application side while FHIR is all about the data.

Like every industry, health care is managing more data than ever. And, there are a growing number of technologies that gather and store this information. The challenge now is to make these different sources of data—from hospitals, clinicians, health plans, patient portals, databases, and increasingly, patients—effectively talk to one another. FHIR is one way to establish data source access standardization. FHIR saves time on the often-burdensome steps to mine big data, access patient records (providing a comprehensive picture of the patient’s health record) and make recommendations for more intelligent tools and materials that are always up-to-date and in line with current best practice standards.

StayWell has used the SMART on FHIR® framework to build our latest generation of patient education applications. That means when our Krames on FHIR® application is launched, it retrieves information about your patient’s conditions, medications and procedures while also presenting relevant education resources customized for that patient’s needs. We make it easy to find and deliver the right patient engagement tools, while also posting back into your EHR the details about the shared patient education materials. This saves you time and helps develop a more informed patient.

The results you want: More knowledgeable, engaged patients; faster, more effective workflow

Much like your smartphone camera captures the split-second image of your daughter kicking the soccer ball into the goal, FHIR instantly mines data so that clinicians can see the perfect picture of their patient and recommends tools to meet that patient’s unique needs.

With StayWell as your patient engagement partner, it’s as simple as pointing and clicking—and letting us take care of bringing the images (patient history and recommended tools) to life.

Creating this robust patient picture enables you to provide:

  • Relevant, understandable education that can be accessed long after the clinical visit through a patient’s desktop, tablet, or smartphone
  • Increased access to engaging, interactive information to help people better understand their health care issues
  • High-quality digital and print resources, developed with the science of behavior change, to help individuals become proactive in managing their own health
  • Tools to connect patients with their clinicians in order to continue the conversations and care beyond the clinical setting

StayWell’s Krames On FHIR® integrates into the EHR platform and delivers award-winning Krames On-Demand educational handouts and videos at the point of care, saving time for clinicians and creating a more personalized user experience.

When patients get smarter information, they can use it to make smarter health care and lifestyle choices—and become more engaged in their health. That means you can expect to see better outcomes.  

It also securely reads patient data and writes it back into the EHR to meet Meaningful Use requirements.

Let StayWell help you create the perfect picture of patients and deliver the right content, when and where it’s needed, for improved health outcomes and lower costs. Learn more about igniting your patient education options through SMART on FHIR technologies.