A Breakthrough Clinical Platform for Physicians
The vision of Convergence is to simplify the physician experience. The application enables a modular platform that drives a context-aware clinical desktop experience, providing clinicians with an intelligent navigation strategy across a suite of clinical applications.
The core functionality of Convergence includes an intelligent consolidated view of key patient health data (extracted from a variety of clinical systems) as well as meaningful visualization of the longitudinal patient record to bring the ‘patient story’ to life.
The longitudinal data display and targeted navigation to legacy systems enables clinicians to engage deeply with the patient, and their health history, across multiple devices (desktop, tablet, and mobile) without interruption to their workflow.
A key feature of Convergence permits existing clinical tools and newly-developed Windows 8 applications to interoperate seamlessly within the patient and user context.
Evidence-Based Care Guidelines
The Clinical Pathways module fully leverages the Convergence platform and demonstrates the value of acquiring data elements from disparate systems. Clinical Pathways enables clinical teams to deliver evidence-based medicine in accordance with approved standards of care. It displays, tracks, and reports the steps a clinician has performed against an approved pathway – offering next steps and supporting research based on the most relevant and up-to-date data available.
Convergence is able to offer this in a single solution that can be used in multiple clinical settings for enhanced decision making ability.
Cardiologists engaged in the pilot of Convergence believe that the product will reduce the time it takes to learn about a newly admitted patient’s health history and quickly assess their patients’ needs.
Use of Convergence enables physicians to spend less time with technology and more time with the patient, thereby improving the quality of physician-patient engagement.
Convergence is designed for intuitive user adoption that requires minimal training. It was built to serve a variety of end user constituencies, including physicians, nurses, and specialists. All of which can benefit from the clinical views.
The system was designed to serve the national health care market and accepts data connections from various vendors, making implementation elsewhere a simple process and a key focus of our development efforts.
For example, Convergence interfaces with multiple electronic medical records and can plug in to a variety of systems. By leveraging existing infrastructure, there is no need for hospitals to purchase additional software or specialty devices (tablets, mobile phones, etc.)
Convergence’s development framework allows third-party vendors to create complimentary applications that leverage the Convergence desktop experience and interoperability of the underlying technologies. This creates an endless possibility of potential future enhancements, beyond the base product, that will keep pace with the ever-changing needs of the health care market.
The underlying enabling technology supports the continual development of powerful future applications.
The UPMC Technology Development Center is interested in connecting with people and organizations who share our passion for providing outstanding patient care and shaping tomorrow’s health system through clinical and technological innovation. To learn more about Convergence or other projects at the UPMC Technology Development Center, please contact us at UPMCconvergence@upmc.edu.