ORLANDO, FL – Seeking to solve one of the most difficult challenges in healthcare IT, experienced IT entrepreneurs Raj and Chakri Toleti have founded HealthGrid, a new company and product that vastly improves the communication of patient data to clinicians and patients throughout the care continuum. As a fully-integrated, secure mobile collaboration platform, HealthGrid simultaneously satisfies many CMS Meaningful Use Phase 2 (MU2) requirements by securely transmitting summary of care information between providers; it also gives patients and families access to discharge instructions on any mobile device.
HealthGrid is an end-to-end solution that makes critical patient information accessible and actionable at the point of need. The ONC-certified product is comprised of two services, each of which delivers only the data necessary for the specified purpose:
CareNotify™: A device-agnostic mobile solution that updates patient families with real-time information about their loved one's important clinical events. Patient schedules, medication lists, nutritional updates and relevant educational content are made available automatically, yet without disrupting existing clinician workflows. In conjunction, patients are given access to their care summaries, thus helping providers achieve Meaningful Use requirements.
CareNarrative™: Provides a snapshot view of a patient's clinical state and allows providers to communicate with each other about patient care. CareNarrative effectively delivers patient summary of care records during referrals and/or transitions of care; moreover, it satisfies MU2 mandates while supporting the dynamic creation and management of hybrid, DIRECT and secure non-DIRECT accounts. The integrated task management, notification and note creation features in CareNarrative allow care teams to access critical information across the care continuum.
"HealthGrid changes the way care teams, patients and families exchange critical information," said Chakri Toleti, HealthGrid's CEO. "Mobile is a way of life for both consumers and healthcare professionals. Our platform allows all parties to communicate with each other securely in real time, while also sending out alerts, reminders and other messages to patients. It bridges the discrete elements in the care pathway and smoothes the often harsh transitions between providers and patients."
HealthGrid's founders are veteran healthcare IT entrepreneurs. Raj Toleti is founder, and CTO of Coordinated Care Solutions at PatientPoint™, a provider of health information and engagement programs for patients and physicians. Previously he founded Galvanon with Chakri Toleti, a company eventually acquired by NCR, and Cytura Corporation, a content management company acquired by Mobius. Raj Toleti also was a founding member of the Microsoft Consulting Services (Healthcare) practice. Chakri Toleti, Founder and CEO of HealthGrid, also serves as CEO of Mahathi Software Pvt. He previously served as president of both Galvanon and Cytura.
"HealthGrid promises to transform the process of information exchange between clinicians and patients. It meets all HIPAA security requirements, yet is highly intuitive and requires little to no training," noted Raj Toleti. "HealthGrid not only facilitates information sharing at the clinical level, but also encourages participation by patients and families as collaborative care partners."
HealthGrid has already gained significant traction in the healthcare industry via deployments at several major institutional networks. Nicklaus Children's Hospital (formerly Miami Children's Hospital), a development partner in HealthGrid, has deployed and is currently using the solution in roughly two-thirds of its departments, with plans to extend HealthGrid systemwide.
"For patients and their families, the ability to understand what needs to be done, and at what time, is absolutely critical to positive outcomes," said M. Narendra Kini, MD, President and CEO of Miami Children's Health System. "Having a solution that proactively notifies family members on a timely basis, wherever they are, is the prime value proposition of CareNotify™. When combined with CareNarrative, HealthGrid's services enable us to bring coordination of care up to par with other advances in medicine."
About Miami Children's Health System
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital – formerly Miami Children's Hospital–is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed nonprofit hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine and routinely has many programs ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report. The organization has grown and evolved into the Miami Children's Health System (MCHS) which includes Miami Children's Health Foundation, the organization's 501c3 fundraising arm; a network of eight nonprofit outpatient centers situated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; Pediatric Specialty Group, Inc., a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, and an ambulatory surgery center (opening soon), as well as an e-commerce line of children's wellness and safety products that support the hospital's mission of serving the region's pediatric population. MCHS is the region's only healthcare system exclusively for children.www.mch.com