3 Round Stones places third at the New England Health Datapalooza
4-Oct-2012 -The New England Health Datapalooza, held in Worcester, Mass., hosted a competition for start-ups, established businesses, and entrepreneurs who are developing innovative
products and applications designed to improve health care outcomes and patient
engagement. Yesterday judges Pierce Graham-Jones, Innovator in Residence at the US Department of Health and Human Services; John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Group; and Manu Tandon, CIO of the MA Department of HHS, selected 3 Round Stones for third place in the New England Health Datapalooza competition. 3 Round Stones was recognized for linking environmental data to improve personal health delivery. 3 Round Stones is creating Web applications to harness large and complex datasets to help evaluate potential health impacts. Datapalooza contestants were judged on the following criteria:
- Use of federal government data
- Creativity, innovation, originality
- Patient empowerment and engagement
- Usefulness to the public; and
Bernadette Hyland, co-founder and CEO of 3 Round Stones, described the increase of online interactions with medical practioners, as well as, online communities that provide timely and accurate information to those affected by chronic conditions. Nearly 130 million Americans, that is nearly one in two, suffer from at least one chronic medical condition such as COPD, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure. Chronic conditions account for 70% utilization of medical services and costs in the US.
Bernadette was joined by other healthcare IT entrepreneurs who are investigating ways to empower patients, especially those with chronic illnesses. She demonstrated an innovative app that combines trusted data from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NOAA, along with user entered medications information. The goal of the app, “Weather Health Explorer” is to increase awareness of triggers for chronic conditions like asthma and COPD, and to improve self-care and medication compliance.
3 Round Stones is working with Sentara Healthcare, a Virginia health delivery organization, to combine anonymized EMR content with environmental data including temperature, precipitation, ozone AQI, PM 2.5 AQI and UV, along with drug warnings and possible interactions based on condition(s). Weather Health Explorer was demonstrated by Sentara at the National Health Datapalooza last June and expected to go live later this year and be available as a mobile app in early 2013.
Open data advocates are found in all all countries, from all walks of life. Ms. Hyland echoed the mantra of cancer survivor Dave deBronkart during his TED Talk, “Let patients help!”. Patients and their families are the most vested parties in their own healthcare. The sooner that we provide patient data combined trusted, authoritative information as Linked Data, when and where patients can use it, the sooner we’ll reduce costly emergency department visits and re-admissions.
The New England Health Datapalooza 2012 was organized by the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium. 3 Round Stones plans to attend the 2013 National Health Datapalooza, to be held in Washington, DC in 3-4 June 2013.