December 5, 2020 8:39 am

Partners HealthCare and Persistent Systems collaborate to develop open-source platform for clinical care

The four-year collaboration will bring together clinicians and researchers at Partners HealthCare with Persistent technology and product engineering expertise.

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Persistent Systems and Partners said that they are collaborating to develop a new industry-wide open-source platform for clinical care. The four-year collaboration will bring together clinicians and researchers at with Persistent technology and product engineering expertise.

The co-developed digital platform will be based on Substitutable Medical Applications & Reusable Technologies (SMART), an open, standards-based technology platform along with Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). The platform will enable provider systems across the country to rapidly and cost effectively deploy industry-leading best practices in clinical care across their ecosystems.

In this partnership, Persistent will help the digital transformation of clinical care at Partners and, together with Partners, develop an open-source platform to lower the barriers for knowledge exchange across health care providers and enable a new generation of decision support apps in the clinical environment, said Persistent.

“Making innovative clinical tools available to our physicians at Partners and across the country relies on strong collaborations between academia and industry,” said Dr. Anne Klibanski, Chief Academic Officer at Partners HealthCare. “The co-development of this platform should yield a new tool that integrates applications directly into the clinical workflow — ultimately improving patient care.”

Sandy Aronson, Executive Director of IT for Partners Personalized Medicine recognises that “advances in clinical analytics and have the potential to drive medical discovery at a pace never seen before but we currently lack the ability to efficiently place resulting breakthroughs in the hands of clinicians. Through this collaboration we will band together with other institutions to extend electronic health record (EHR) ecosystems so that the benefits of this work are quickly and broadly delivered to patients”.

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