Carolinas HealthCare System Participates In White House Precision Medicine Initiative

02.24.2016 News | Atrium Health News
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 25, 2016 – Carolinas HealthCare System announced today its commitment to The White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which was launched in 2015 to encourage the development of individualized medical treatments. Carolinas HealthCare System Chief Information Officer Craig Richardville participated in a White House event on Thursday affirming the system’s commitment to supporting the administration’s initiative.

“Patients are demanding tools to better manage their health and connect to their provider, and we recognize the need to develop patient-powered and patient-centric programs to provide better insights into our patients’ health to improve the quality and value of the care we provide,” Richardville said. “We are committed to continuing our leadership in this area and are honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the President’s initiative.”

Carolinas HealthCare System, which has several programs aimed at improving individualized care including readmission reduction tools and personalized cancer care, was also recognized for a new mobile application, MyCarolinas Tracker, which integrates data from consumer-grade health devices, like fitness trackers and glucometers, with care management systems.

The app allows patients to view their individualized data from multiple sources through dynamic visualizations, see how well they are managing their health and achieving their health goals, and put their own information into clinical context. The app accesses health and fitness data from more than 70 devices and sends them to care management systems using standardized APIs.

Patients managing complex diseases can share their data with their care providers in real time, helping them partner more effectively with clinicians to manage health and healthcare, and Carolinas HealthCare System commits to allowing patients to also share this aggregated clinical and mobile data with researchers.

"It's one thing to collect all your steps on your phone," saidGreg Weidner, MD, medical director of the Carolinas HealthCare System Proactive Health group. "It's quite another to provide the clinical explanation and connection to the provider. With this tool, our care managers can see what's going on with the patient in between visits. We have a better sense of what's going well and what areas need extra attention."

For people who don't have a Carolinas HealthCare System provider, the direct-to-consumer version of the app, Carolinas Tracker, allows users to access many of the same features. The apps are available from the App store or Google Play for iPhone, iPad or Android devices. By downloading the app to their mobile device, consumers can connect existing health devices and applications to the Carolinas Tracker or MyCarolinas Tracker app.

About Carolinas HealthCare System

CarolinasHealthCare System, one of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness services and programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. With more than 60,000 employees, 900 care locations and 11.5 million patient encounters annually, the System drives quality and value by integrating primary care – delivered in a variety of easily accessible settings – with world-class specialty services. In 2015, Carolinas HealthCare System provided more than $1.6 billion in community benefit, which includes the combined value of patient financial assistance, medical education, research, preventive health initiatives, and community outreach to address common public health issues such as diabetes and childhood obesity.