The majority (varying reports of between 60-80%) of all quantifiable data utilized by medical professionals to make health related decisions originate in the lab. While more and more health data is becoming digitized in the lab environment, it is still located in information silos. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that there are a total of 20,000 pathologists, and over 12,000 of these are office-based. Within each information silo are customized system environments and processes with varying degrees of health-care IT (HIT) advancement.
By in large, the movement of this data between health care partners is point-to-point and driven by one-to-one business relationships. This approach is not efficient. What is needed is technology that can work with the existing environments of these labs by having the interfacing ability to accept data in a variety of formats. This technology would have the ability to parse, reconcile and store the data for present and future consumption by entities that will need the data throughout the patient’s diagnosis, prognosis and/or treatment life cycle; and transport it efficiently to such entities in the format most usable to them.
Pathagility is answering this need with DataPath. Built on our second generation AgilityEngine, DataPath is a flexible framework that integrates with EMR, LIS, and middleware systems that provides labs and their clients with one view of all their data.