Vendor Profile: CTIS sees the value in the data behind the devices

By Eric Wicklund, Editor, mHIMSS
Mobile devices depend on the data behind them. Without secure connectivity and access to important information, they're nothing more than expensive paperweights.

The folks at CTIS want to make sure they have more value.

The company, long known for its health IT work with the National Institutes of Health and other governmental organizations, is highlighting its mobile health platform – called imHealthe – at the mHealth Summit, showing off a suite of products designed to cater to the needs of providers, patients and researchers.

Products on that platform include the mPHR mobile personal health record, which is being migrated from Google Health into Microsoft's HealthVault; the mEMR mobile electronic medical record app; mWarrior, a survey-based mobile solution designed to help active military members and veterans deal with PTSD; and Safety Profiler, which is designed to capture adverse events in a clinical trial setting.

The company is also deploying an iPad app in the Inova Health system that will allow the system's seven hospitals to share the medical records of roughly 9.2 million patients.

"We're definitely investing and invested in mobile healthcare," says Graham Perry, the company's vice president of corporate strategy and business development. "We want to develop tools that work with the workflow of people touching patients today."

Company Chairman and CIO Raj Shah says CTIS has a long history in healthcare and a significant database of data and best practices, and is now looking to translate that experience to the mHealth field. He says doctors and health networks "already have their hands full with products," so it will be important for CTIS to develop trusted solutions and partnerships.

Perry and Joy Motherall, the company's Chief Business Officer, say mobile health is one of the top interests of healthcare leaders these days, according to a survey taken by the company of attendees at this year's HIMSS conference and exhibition in Orlando, Fla. Yet the industry is still trying to learn how to identify and use the technology – as evidenced by the low rate of EMR adoption among physicians.

"They all see this as an area that is emerging very rapidly," says Perry. "They think this is a good thing … but how many people are actually doing it? They might feel that they're not ready yet."

CTIS is located at Booth 425 on the Exhibit Hall.
 

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