At HSR, we identify solutions to increase access to high quality healthcare, perform clinical trails and research implementation issues to validate those solutions, and work with partners to put those solutions into practice.
The Framework is our custom designed methodology providing a cost-effective, multi-phase approach to meet the rigorous standards of the healthcare industry while leveraging the continuous learning aspects of the IT industry’s agile-like approach to new product development. Further, our process ensures patients and providers are comfortable with adopting the solution itself.
We, at HSR, recognize that the IT product development process must be modified to meet the evidence-based research and clinical trials needs of the medical industry and our unique framework allows for this.
Current Research Projects
We are currently performing research and have developed solutions in the following areas:
Healthcare is not immune to the cyber and IT security issues that plague the rest of the digital world. Medical records have become sought after data – and are valued as much as 5 times as much as financial records according to some studies. Medical devices and hospital environmental control systems are often network-enabled, making them potential targets for hackers as well. And there have been numerous highly public cases of ransomeware in medicine these past several years.
We work with clients to understand their specific risks and develop cost-effective solutions to meet their HIPAA-obligations to protect their patient data and networks.
We understand that no one security approach will apply to all healthcare organizations, just as no one treatment applies to all people. A hospital providing patient care faces different security risks than an insurance firm handling medical claims data. We take a risk-based, wholistic view of security that will meet each client’s specific needs and results in a security posture they can both understand and manage.
Medicinal Cannabis for Pain Management
In America alone, over 100 million people suffer from pain – that is almost 1 in 3 people and these are just those who acknowledge the pain to their doctors. Pain is often undiagnosed & untreated yet leads to reduced workplace productivity, hundreds of millions of dollars a year in medical expenses, has a dramatic and negative impact on an individual’s quality of life, and has led to our nation’s crippling opioid abuse problem, which is reaching epidemic levels.
We have designed and are planning clinical trials to assess the efficacy of Cannabis for the treatment of chronic arthritic pain. Recruiting for these trials is expected to being a few months in advance of medicinal cannabis being available in Maryland. Please check back often for an update.
Our goals are to find a new, and less expensive treatment for pain (Cannabis is expected to be less expensive than opioids) and should carry a lower overall risk of addiction.
The lack of affordable and convenient transportation is one of the factors leading to hospital readmissions across the country. We have developed and are testing a solution to address this nationwide problem. Our research shows that an effective non-emergency medical transportation solution will cost hospitals less than what they will save in reduced readmissions. And reducing readmissions decreases overall healthcare spend – and improves overall population health.
The GeoHealth Dashboard
Our work in medical transportation has led to our building a strong capability in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The GeoHealth Dashboard is a GIS platform with a data analytic engine that e have built to merge demographic data & trends, healthcare data, as well as social factors impacting healthcare outcomes to solve population health challenges. We can use this capability to assist hospital systems and County and State health departments allocate medical resources across their service lines, to measure and track population health issues and decease management, as well as to provide improved clinician point-of-care decision support.
Personal Health Records Systems
The use of personal health records (PHR) systems has been forwarded as a means to increase patient involvement in their own care or the care of someone in their charge. PHR systems are online portals and/or mobile apps that connect to the electronic health records (EHR) systems of a provider. There are two key issues for PHR system – security & adoption.
Systems that provide access to medical records must be secure and must also provide a compelling reason for utilization.
We conducted a research study to identify the optimal design characteristics that lead to a secure PHR as well as identify practical use cases from the perspective of patients, providers, and the overall medical community. Our research focused on meeting the needs of the general population as well as the aging community.
Data Analytics in Healthcare
We believe data analytics holds tremendous potential for the practice of medicine. Applications as wide and disparate as facilitating Aging-in-Place solutions, advancing the state-of-the-art in home care solutions, as well as improving the monitoring of narcotic prescriptions can benefit from predictive analytics.
Data analytics involves providing existing or new clinician decision support tools with information gathered from the analysis of large sets of health and potentially non-health related data. Data sets can include individual and population-wide health records, potentially social media data, the
We are currently designing a research study to validate whether physicians will be in a better position to monitor opioid drug use by patients if the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) can be augmented with analysis derived from multiple health-related data sets.
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