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TheraDoc® Awarded Patents for Expert System Platform® and Interface Technologies
Monday, July 09, 2007
Patent Innovations That Improve the Quality and Safety of Patient Care
Salt Lake City, UT -- TheraDoc®, www.theradoc.com, a Salt Lake City-based clinical informatics company that develops and implements real-time electronic surveillance and expert clinical decision support systems to enhance clinical decision making, announced today that the standards-based core technology for the TheraDoc product line, the Expert System Platform® (ESP), is now patented.
On May 1, 2007, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued U.S. patent 7,213,009 for "Systems and methods for manipulating medical data via a decision support system" and on June 12, 2007, the USPTO awarded TheraDoc a second patent, U.S. patent 7,230,529, for "System, method, and computer program for interfacing an expert system to a clinical information system". TheraDoc originally filed for these patents September 9, 2003, and February 5, 2004, respectively.
"The issuance of these patents strengthens and solidifies TheraDoc’s position as a leader in providing credible, standards-based solutions and market-leading product vision and execution," said Stan Pestotnik, TheraDoc president and CEO. "We will continue working to improve the quality and safety of patient care while lowering associated costs through our nonnegotiable adherence to healthcare industry standards."
"TheraDoc is actively working to formalize relationships with recognized, forward-thinking systems vendors, as well as help our clients fully leverage benefit and ROI on their IT infrastructure and clinical information systems. These patents will enhance and expand our HIT industry partnerships and create additional value for our shareholders," notes Pestotnik.
The Expert System Platform patented technology combines the ever-increasing volume of evidence-based medical knowledge with current and historical patient data delivered via standard real-time electronic interfaces. The ESP installed in the hospital’s data center then analyzes these data to provide critical information support for clinicians—in real time. It provides instant access to patient information collected from the myriad of hospital IT systems and places it, along with alerts, notifications, clinical workflow tools and evidence-based guidelines and treatment recommendations, at a clinician’s fingertips.
TheraDoc’s real-time surveillance, identification, guidance and reporting technologies help hospitals to prevent and control infections; support pharmacist workflow and communication for clinical activities and documentation; alert clinicians to adverse events and changes in patient condition; select evidence-based treatments and meet state-mandated reporting of hospital-acquired infections (HAI). They also reduce associated costs and improve financial outcomes. Increasing state- and federally-mandated reporting requirements in 2006 were instrumental in driving demand for TheraDoc technologies resulting in record growth, a trend that has continued as these market forces are strengthening in 2007.
"Our hospital partners continue to recognize our leadership by adopting the TheraDoc Expert System Platform for aiding in the detection and prevention of potential patient harm," said Pestotnik. "Our patented and innovative, best-in-class solutions have earned the trust of a growing number of thought-leading healthcare organizations such as Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Mayo Clinic – FL, VA Hospitals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
About TheraDoc, Inc.
TheraDoc is a clinical informatics company dedicated to improving the quality, efficiency and safety of patient care through enhanced clinical decision making. It provides innovative, best-in-class solutions that improve clinical and financial outcomes at a range of provider and payer organizations, including some of the most-respected healthcare institutions in the country. With clinical transparency, TheraDoc’s technologies seamlessly place mission-critical knowledge at the clinician’s fingertips, helping them to confidently manage multiple processes of care across multiple conditions and diseases. The company’s strict adherence to medical informatics standards enables connectivity and interoperability with any hospital’s disparate health information systems.
Founded in 1999, TheraDoc designs, develops, and supports a suite of clinical decision support technologies, all of which utilize a proprietary inference engine that enables its real-time capabilities. TheraDoc’s founders and core medical informatics team are internationally recognized for their pioneering work in medical expert systems. Their experience in clinical decision support design and development spans two decades.
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