Annual Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Digital Health & Medical Technology Products and Companies
ASHTEAD, UK – June 4, 2019 – BridgeHead Software, a leader in healthcare data management, today announced that MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global health and medical technology market, has selected BridgeHead’s Independent Clinical Archive, HealthStore™, as the winner of its “Best Healthcare Data Repository Solution” award in the 2019 MedTech Breakthrough Awards program.
BridgeHead HealthStore™ is a single, enterprise-wide, cross-department repository designed to consolidate, store, protect and share all healthcare data. HealthStore assists healthcare organizations to break down data silos created by closed applications and hardware by extracting the patient and administrative (e.g. financial, legal, operational, etc.) data from these systems, ingesting and indexing that information into HealthStore (where it is safeguarded and protected), and then making that data available to users as part of a 360-degree patient view. As HealthStore is built on and supports open healthcare data standards, it works with any of a healthcare organization’s chosen applications, including clinical portals, PACS, diagnostic viewers and the Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) for easy sharing. It also provides all the user tools to search for and access content. HealthStore can also be deployed within a hospital, across health systems, and/or used in regional and inter-hospital sharing initiatives.
“While healthcare data is ushering a new era of powerful digital health tools that promise to significantly improve clinical and healthcare system efficiency, along with that data comes a new set of complex issues for healthcare organizations,” said James Johnson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough. “From security vulnerabilities and loopholes, to regulatory and compliance mandates, healthcare organizations are facing a mountain of data challenges. BridgeHead is tackling these issues head-on with “breakthrough” healthcare data solutions that help companies navigate this new world safely and securely. We extend our congratulations to the entire BridgeHead team on their well-deserved industry recognition with this 2019 MedTech Breakthrough Award.”
The mission of the MedTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of health and medical technology categories, including Robotics, Clinical Administration, Telehealth, Patient Engagement, Electronic Health Records (EHR), mHealth, Medical Devices, Medical Data and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 3,500 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world.
“We’re delighted to be the recipient of the ‘Best Healthcare Data Repository Solution’ award for a second time,” said Jim Beagle, President and CEO at BridgeHead Software. “BridgeHead has long-held the belief that data is the lifeblood of any healthcare organization. Access to that data is vital for the smooth running of hospital operations and the efficient and effective delivery of patient care. It’s fantastic that HealthStore is once again acknowledged as a ‘best in class’ healthcare data repository. HealthStore, essentially, is the foundation for all healthcare related data. By integrating HealthStore with a hospital’s primary EHR, clinicians and support staff can access a 360-degree patient record, all from one system, optimizing workflow and providing the broadest context by which more accurate clinical decisions can be made.”
One of HealthStore’s capabilities is to empower health systems to take control of the data from their legacy, newly replaced or newly acquired applications. With the recent trend for US hospitals to acquire new facilities, such as ambulatory practices (along with their respective Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems), HealthStore enables the acquiring organization to extract and migrate the data from the outgoing or duplicate systems, then store and protect that information in HealthStore, where it can be retrieved as part of the patient record through the primary EHR. A recent example of this is the project successfully completed for Harrison Memorial Hospital, where BridgeHead extracted data from six independent ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR) systems, ingested it into HealthStore, and then made that data available to HMH’s enterprise EHR to provide a centralized, complete patient record. As a result, HMH is now able to decommission the six EMRs from operation, saving cost in licensing and support; reducing IT resource to provision and maintain those systems; and dramatically decreasing security threats.