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Tiatros Partners with IBM to Improve CarePod Health Social Network

By Casey Houser
March 09, 2016

Tiatros, developer of the healthcare social media platform CarePod, has announced its partnership with IBM and its joining of the Watson Ecosystem.

CarePod creates a secure social network that both doctors and patients can access to take control of a patient’s care. IBM’s Watson will provide that social network with its natural language processing API to grab meaning from unstructured data such as conversations between patients and nurses. Together, the social network and API try to combine all patient data into a unified whole to allow doctors to better understand how they can deliver care as they and their patients move forward.

Kimberlie Cerrone, the CEO of Tiatros, indicated that this joint venture will save doctors time while also improving their ability to work with patients in a positive way.

“Understanding the impact of social determinants on a patient’s health requires numerous real-time conversations with lots of different people that doctors simply don’t have time for in today’s health system,” Cerrone began.

“Tiatros incorporates Watson cognitive computing to more easily unearth care insights from unstructured data,” she continued. “We then integrate it into the broader patient record, which has proven to dramatically increase a physician’s ability to positively influence patient’s health outcomes.”

Conversations in a patient’s world can occur with doctors, nurses, other hospital care staff and in-home staff, and with other entities such as pharmacists. If any conversations are posted to CarePod, Watson can grab the text and try to make sense of it within a broader picture. Patients have complete control over the CarePod social site, so they can add trusted users as they wish. The more people and conversations they add, the better off their care can become.

Tiatros noted that one of the greatest influences of patient healthcare outcomes are their social factors. This begins with relationships and conversations those individuals have with trusted family and hospitality workers, and it may include the overall stability of a household and the nutrition that patients receive – including the steadiness of their diets. All this information can show up in the Tiatros social media site directly from the patient or as a part of broader records tied to a hospital’s database, for instance.

Doctors will ultimately gain access to as much information as patients allow. If CarePod succeeds in its mission, it can save doctors from having to read or experience hours of conversation and hours of sifting manually through data. IBM Watson hopes to do the heavy lifting to generate the insights that doctors could have found if they had the time.

Currently, Tiatros is using the Watson API in an experiment with the University of California, San Francisco. Watson will look at veterans’ written responses to series of video that ask them about their collective experience of living outside the scope of military combat. The computer system will then score the answers each veteran provides to see if it can determine which individuals meet the conditions of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers will compare Watson’s results with those of qualified physicians. The ultimate goal is that Watson will be able to quickly identify which individuals are most at risk and can improve the current system, which requires that veterans wait at least six months before meeting with physicians to be identifies as candidates for PTSD treatment.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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