24th Annual UNOS Transplant Management Forum: One More for the Books

Once again I had the pleasure of attending the 24th Annual UNOS Transplant Management Forum for my 4th time earlier this year.  As always, it was a flurry of learning, knowledge-sharing, networking, and well-deserved awards for leaders in the industry.

It was as apparent this time as it was every time before, that the transplant community is a close-knit group who all struggle with similar things regardless of their geographical location. These struggles span across many areas, including financial, staffing, regulatory requirements, lack of organs, information technology, reporting, managing the constant deluge of paper, and many more.  While I can't claim that Extract can help with all of these, there are two specific struggles that we excel at fixing: extracting discrete results from faxed external lab results and intelligently splitting, classifying, and filing large documents (such as referral packets) into patients' charts.

As always, the amount of excitement over our external lab result solution was high. I saw jaws drop when transplant managers, coordinators, directors, and data staff saw the product in action. It's always a good feeling to see an epiphany in person.  

Our expertise with filing discrete lab results is not new and we've been doing it successfully for a number of years for an increasing number of reputable transplant centers and other healthcare organizations. It continues to be our flagship solution and we've improved the breadth of functionality greatly over the last year in response to customer feedback. The power and efficiency of the product have come a long way and visitors to our booth agreed.

In addition to pulling discrete results from lab documents, we're now doing the same with pathology reports, which have historically been amorphous blobs of unstructured data that are hard to find and typically require a clinician to dig into and pull out the important information.

But we're just warming up!

Finding the important information in unstructured documents also gives our software the ability to automatically classify those documents and file them in the correct place within your EMR. To apply this to the transplant world, consider those large referral packets that your data team or coordinators spend hours pulling apart and processing and putting in the right place. If you're lucky, they might even be pulling the important information out of those documents, summarizing it, and filing it discretely. We can play both of those roles!

If there are lab results in that referral packet…pull out the discrete results! If there are pathology and radiology reports in that referral packet…pull out the information you need! Our software is flexible and can accommodate almost any type of document based on your needs.  Please contact us if you'd like to see what we can offer you.

If you didn't get a chance to stop by our booth at the show, you can watch a brief 2-minute demo of our intelligent clinical data extraction software by clicking the button below.

About the Author: Rob Fea

Rob has spent 12 years partnering with IT teams and clinicians at major hospitals and clinics worldwide during my tenure on the technical services team at Epic. For the vast majority of his time at Epic, he supported Epic's Phoenix product, playing a major role in project kickoffs, installation, data conversions, ongoing support, and optimization. During his tenure at Epic, Rob watched the Phoenix customer base expand from 0 to 55 live and installing transplant organizations. It was a terrific experience and he loved every minute of it. It gave me expansive insight into the healthcare world, especially the solid organ transplant industry. He has spent countless hours on the floor in transplant departments observing multidisciplinary visits, committee review meetings, data entry, data trending, reporting, medication dosing, and more.