Protocols, critical pathways, and clinical guidelines are sets of conditions,
actions and rules that set guidelines for the delivery of health care.
When presented at the time of treatment, protocols can greatly improve
the quality and cost effectiveness of health care. Current protocol software
is not flexible enough to be used in diverse health care settings and does
not work effectively with existing medical software.
CK Software, Inc. (CKSI) has designed a prototype of protocol software
with the features and flexibility to meet the rapidly changing needs of
the health care industry. An innovator in the solution of health care software
design problems, CKSI received a Phase I SBIR grant to research the needs
of the industry and the design requirements for protocol software to function
as an effective tool for physicians, staff, managers, and payors. CKSI's
prototype "Protocol Engine" has the following features:
CKSI is applying for a Phase II SBIR grant to complete the development
of the protocol engine, set it up in one or more clinics, and fully integrate
it with a wide range of different data sources.
Changes in technology since the project began, specifically the rapid
growth of the Internet and Web technologies, have opened up a new, viable,
and exciting platform for the protocol engine. Developing it for the web
environment will produce an application which can be accessed by virtually
any type of computer system that is running a Web browser such as Netscape.
Hardware, location, and access to a high speed network connection are no
longer limiting factors. CKSI is combining its protocol design expertise
with specialists in system integration and Web design from Med-Recall,
a health care systems integrator. Our package will:
- Allows users to define and customize protocols to meet the specific needs of the organization.
- Scans data constantly for conditions that indicate that a triggering event has occurred, then alerts users and initiates the actions defined by the protocol.
- Accesses data from other medical software packages.
With our complementary skills designing, developing, and integrating
health care systems, CKSI and MedRecall are uniquely qualified to deploy
and integrate a fully functional Protocol Engine in working clinics. This
implementation will demonstrate the viability of our products as a commercial
application that will be a valuable tool for health care clinics, insurance
groups and other health software vendors.
- Empower health networks and managed care organizations to set uniform
standards of care and have them monitored and applied at all offices in
- Decrease liability by providing access to all patient records, regardless
of the location where they are physically filed.
- Be cost effective by working with data and software already in place.
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