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Mayo Clinic, Safe Health Form New Company Focused on Connected Diagnostics

The Mayo Clinic and Safe Health Group announced Monday that they are working together on a new venture known as Safe Health Systems, which they believe can enable large-scale product diagnostics and help lower the cost of healthcare processes. low complexity.

Launched as part of the Mayo Clinic Platform, the proprietary data platform, SAFE, can improve access to affordable treatment for common medical conditions, including COVID-19.

The company, launched as part of the Mayo Clinic platform, “will provide the suite of applications and services universities, employers and organizations need to restart in-person businesses and support new models of care.” , said platform chairman Dr John Halamka.

The SAFE platform can help accelerate the deployment of personalized digital health applications, enabling artificial intelligence-based care automation and remote point-of-care diagnostics.

As deployed for COVID-19 testing, the technology connects patients, clinicians and test providers through a smartphone app called HealthCheck. Once vaccines are available, the app can take over workflow and vaccine verification.

Beyond COVID-19, its initial goal is to support testing for sexually transmitted diseases, strep throat, urinary tract infections, influenza, ear infections and other common ailments. The platform developers note that the lack of remote testing is a limiting factor for telehealth treatment of these and other low complexity conditions.

During an appearance at HLTH VRTL 2020 on Monday, Halamka explained how the SAFE platform can help navigate what he calls the five stages of the pandemic: isolation, testing and contact tracing, returning to work or to school before the vaccine, vaccine distribution, and the new post-pandemic normal.

“What software systems and features do you need in each of these transitions? You can see that they will change over time, ”said Halamka.

“Imagine I woke up this morning and lost my sense of taste or smell. It’s worrying. If I feel like I need a certain type of test, it could very well be. although I contact a clinician And the SHS app makes it easy to connect a patient with signs and symptoms to a doctor who can examine them and make sure the right test is ordered.

“This test can be a lab test. It can be a home test or a home point-of-care test – all of these different types of modalities are supported,” he said. he explains.

“And then once a test result comes back, we need to take action based on the signs and symptoms, based on the prevalence of infections in my community, based on my results and how accurate those are. results. Maybe I quarantine, maybe I don’t Maybe I get additional tests. So this workflow needs to be supported. Mayo Clinic creates the algorithms to interpret the test results, then create the following actions. “

If a patient recovers and tests negative, and a workplace or school needs “reliable validation of this test,” said Halamka, the app “creates a QR code and a flow of full job that will allow a confident return to work or return to work. school passport to appear on the phone as a result of the test. “

Beyond these applications, the application also integrates software development tools for the contact tracing workflow.

“And then we start to move on to vaccines,” he said. “So let’s imagine that over the next year six different vaccines will be available. They will have different target populations, different availability, different dosage. You will need to understand which vaccine is right for you and how to get it. And the app will integrate this logic.

“Once you have a vaccine, [it] should generate a passport, “he added.” Given the vaccine and the timing of the vaccine, are you safe to travel? Are you sure you are going back to work? Are you likely to be immune? And so the workflow of recording vaccines, displaying vaccines reliably, is also included in the app. “

Halamka called the new collaboration a good example of “a joint venture between an agile software developer, Safe Health Systems, and a trusted medical institution with clinical experience and data, Mayo Clinic, working together to create a COVID solution.” 19 from start to finish. which covers the five stages as we move through the pandemic and its resolution. “

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