HealthPAC first to deploy cloud solution in FQHCs, improving colorectal cancer and opioid practices
OAKLAND, Calif., April 19, 2018 – Elemeno Health, the developer of a proprietary cloud-based solution for front-line healthcare teams, announced that Alameda County has partnered with Elemeno Health to expand implementation of the Elemeno solution in multiple Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs) within Alameda County.
The Health Program of Alameda County (HealthPAC) is the first to deploy Elemeno’s solution in FQHCs to engage front-line healthcare teams in the consistent delivery of best practices and improve health outcomes. Specifically, the solution has transformed clinical protocols for colorectal cancer screening and opioid safety into interactive decision guides and reference materials to support providers with key discussion points.
“We are excited about Elemeno’s mobile-friendly system because we wanted an efficient solution that would engage medical professionals in learning while supporting providers in the adoption and distribution of clinical best practices across our designated FQHCs throughout Alameda County,” said Kathleen Clanon, MD, Medical Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.
Developed in collaboration with UCSF Medical Center, the Elemeno solution provides “just-intime” training, enabling front-line medical professionals to quickly access, from any device, interactive guidelines, smart checklists and concise how-to videos, 24/7. Complicated best practices are simplified into bite-sized learning, and the social and “gamification” elements included in the software are designed to engage and motivate team members.
“Our partnership with Alameda County exemplifies how simply Elemeno supports interprofessional training in an ambulatory setting to drive clinical and operational workflow, and significantly improve the patient experience,” said Arup Roy-Burman, MD, chief executive officer and co-founder of Elemeno Health. “The HealthPAC clinics can leverage Elemeno and empower ancillary staff to perform to the full extent of their training, providing stronger and consistent support to their physicians. In turn, physicians can spend more quality time with their patients due to streamlined workflow across the entire system.”
Last November, Alameda County launched a pilot program for colorectal cancer screening at multiple clinic sites of the FQHC Tri-City Health Centers. The pilot received favorable response from patients who feel more engaged with their doctor and providers who appreciate having vital information at their fingertips during the care encounter. In March, the team launched a second protocol for opioid safety and pain management. The pilot is already demonstrating important benefits including greater patient receptivity to discussions about pain contracts and tapering their medication dosage.
“Patients are recognizing their risks and feeling more closely supported by their provider as they walk through the interactive assessment and hold crucial conversations about opioid safety,” said Gemma Jamena, MD, Tri-City Health Centers.
Elemeno’s solution is designed to advance quality and patient safety at the point of care. In a one-year study at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, the Elemeno prototype was deployed to target central line care. The results, published in the American Journal of Medical Quality, showed that the platform helped UCSF implement best practices and cut central line infections (a costly and deadly hospital-acquired infection) in half, saving over $1 million and an estimated three lives.
About Elemeno Health
Founded in 2016 in Oakland, California, Elemeno Health is a digital health UCSF startup backed by leading seed-stage digital health investor, Launchpad Digital Health, Silicon Valley tech accelerator, Y Combinator, leading regulatory tech venture investor, Fenway Summer and Berkeley Angel Network. The Elemeno solution was developed in collaboration with UCSF and is in use by teams in multiple large academic medical centers and county health systems. Elemeno Health is a 2016 Medical Entrepreneurship & Disruption (MEDy) award winner.