Updated on 9 July 2013
Dr Mark Allen, Chief Technology Officer, Progress Software, US
Today, electronic health information exchange is growing as the latest trend in digitization of healthcare systems and is the key driver of technology adoption in healthcare industry across Asia Pacific.
According to Frost & Sullivan, public sector spending on electronic health records in Asia Pacific stood at $582.1 million in 2012, and is slated to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 5.3 percent between 2012 and 2018. However, alongside, comes the challenge of raising efficiency and being able to analyze, and continuously improve the processes.
Streamlining business decisions through Business Rules Management Systems (BRMS) is one of the solutions to overcome this challenge. This approach allows healthcare providers to automate decisions and drive optimization across decision-intensive processes that would help the organization to increase control over implemented decision logic for compliance and better business management.
Dr Mark Allen, founder of business rules platform provider Corticon, which was later acquired by Progress Software in 2011, has developed rules-based systems to help physicians improve patient care decisions. Dr Allen analyzed the shortcomings of traditional business rule engines (BREs) and developed rules technology that is easier to use for business process automation. The innovation led to the development analysis software Corticon BRMS, used by companies in several industries including healthcare. In a conversation with BioSpectrum, Dr Allen talks about the application and what changes it can bring in the way healthcare is delivered.
What kind of analysis does Corticon BRMS provide to healthcare professionals?
This software provides a platform to clinicians and health providers to make right decision at the right time with business agility. It helps healthcare professionals in analyzing whether a patient is at high risk of infection, what kind of treatment is needed, and what resources are required to treat the disease. BRMS externalize decision logic from applications and represent as business rules. It monitors and tracks multiple streams of event data, detect and identify meaningful patterns, and visualize real-time events and decision outcomes.