This is a guest post from Sean Karbowicz, Pharm.D., R.ph., Founder and General Manager of MedSavvy.
I was in Washington D.C. for Health DataPalooza to showcase work MedSavvy had been doing with our colleagues in the CARIN (Creating Access to Real-time Information Now) technology workgroup. It was an honor to demo live on stage, in front of some extremely smart people, the very new and cutting edge capabilities of MedSavvy.
We were invited to showcase our work with the CARIN alliance technology workgroup. CARIN was formed to “rapidly advance the ability for consumers and their authorized caregivers to easily get, use, and share their digital health information when, where and how they want to.” This aligns very well with MedSavvy’s vision of empowering people with information that helps them chose medications that are lower cost and proven to be effective. For several months, we worked with colleagues at Cedars-Sinai and New York Presbyterian hospital to iron out a new way for patients to access their data.
Our colleagues Judah Thornewill, PhD of the Leavitt Partners and Ahmed Sharif, MD of Fresenius walked the audience through the case of a fictitious, but very typical patient “Fred.” Like many Americans, Fred fell ill and needed to be hospitalized. He was seen by multiple providers, at multiple locations, and he was on multiple medications. His dilemma was that he needed real-time access to cost and quality information, and assistance coordinating his medications.
That’s where MedSavvy came in. We showed how MedSavvy could access Fred’s medical record and download, grade and price medications from not just one electronic medical record (EMR), but two different EMRs at two hospital systems (New York Presbyterian and Cedars-Sinai) and present that in a MedSavvy medicine cabinet. MedSavvy is one of a first companies to access multiple EMRs (and do it live on stage at Health Datapalooza!). MedSavvy presented alongside Meducation and Care Evolution, who also demonstrated this capability. Meducation provided assistance to Fred and his family in multiple languages, and Care Evolution coordinated medications for Fred’s caregivers.
MedSavvy was unique in that we were able to show how we can help Fred view the clinical quality of his medications (MedSavvy evidence grades), along with his personalized costs. We demonstrated how MedSavvy could show Fred lower cost medications that had similar (or better) evidence of safety and effectiveness. Lastly, we showed that Fred was taking a medication that may have contributed to his hospitalization, and if he had been using MedSavvy, he might not have gotten in trouble.
Consumers do have a right to their health information and MedSavvy is making it simple for patients to access and use that information. When people can easily compare medication options, they can find opportunities to save money or improve how medications are used, so people can get back to their everyday lives and not worry about medication.