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Better Day Health Automates Patient Health Records, Location

The solution employs RFID technology provided by Barcoding Inc. to identify which patient a physician is examining, and automatically pull up that patient's records, as well as transcribes patient-physician conversations.
By Claire Swedberg
Oct 09, 2015

When a patient visits a medical facility, a doctor will likely use a laptop or tablet to access his or her medical records, and to input notes from the current visit. This clerical process, in which the provider inputs data while sitting with the patient, acts as a barrier when it comes to developing a trusting relationship, argues Peter Ragusa, the founder and CEO of Better Day Health, a health-care technology startup based in New Orleans.

The company has developed a solution in partnership with RFID technology provider Barcoding Inc. that employs passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID and voice-recognition technologies to make the management of electronic health records (EHR) more automatic, and to prevent physicians from having to divide their time during patient visits between the patients themselves and their device's keyboard.

At the Imperial Health Center for Orthopaedics facility in Lake Charles, La., staff members wear RFID-tagged ID badges (left), while patients receive similar cards to use during their visits.
The RFID-based technology is being piloted at ENT Associates and the Imperial Health Center for Orthopaedics, both located in Lake Charles, La.

Better Day Health was founded by Ragusa, who is an M.D., and a group of other health-care professionals, with the goal of improving the collection and management of EHRs, as well as the efficiency of the health-care services being provided to patients. The aim, he says, is to use technology to provide people-centric solutions that make a doctor's visit more pleasant and personal, while relieving the physician of the task of data entry.

The company developed a solution that features software to manage data regarding the locations of patients and doctors, and to link that information to relevant health records. The system also includes RFID tags and readers to monitor the locations of patients in waiting areas and examining rooms, and to automatically pull up patient records for physicians when they enter an exam room. Better Day Health voice-recognition software enables the automatic capture and transcription of conversations between a patient and the physician, providing the doctor with a record of what was said without him or her having to take notes.

According to Ragusa, the health-care market has lagged behind in technology innovation in the IT sector. "There's been nothing when it comes to innovation focused on the user [patient and doctor] experience." Therefore, he says, his team "decided to create a system for clinical documentation."

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