We aim to disrupt the way medical professionals communicate with each other and their patients, make evidence based decisions, educate, engage and involve their patients in the care process.
According to the Institute of Medicine up to 30% of the $150 billion per year spent on cancer care in the United States is wasted. Medical professionals point to inefficiency in communication, over treatment and unnecessary testing as key drivers leading to waste. Furthermore, many patients experience difficulty in communicating effectively with their care teams and difficulty in understanding their illness and potential treatment options.
Avident Health LLC was established in 2014 to solve these problems for breast cancer and potentially other complex diseases requiring interdisciplinary care. We have brought together an outstanding team of experienced professionals, carried out targeted market research, designed and deployed a suite of mobile apps. The ´ACCORD´ mobile app enables teamwork within cancer care and other healthcare environments.
According to the National Academy of Medicine:
"Each year 1.5 million people in the U.S. are confronted with a cancer diagnosis and must then decide on a course of care. The complexity of treatment options, each with its own set of potential risks and benefits, and the life-threatening nature of cancer and its emotional repercussions make it difficult for people with cancer to make decisions about their care. In addition, the fragmented nature of the cancer care system, involving multiple specialties, providers, and locations, also presents challenges that may impede coordinated care and the development of comprehensive treatment plans."
Our own experience from over 30 years at the frontline of cancer care suggests this is the result of;
1- Poor medical team collaboration as practitioners work in specialised silos. Electronic health records have failed to deliver improved collaboration.
2- Poor patient engagement has not been resolved by new methods of communication technology or patient portals.
3- Records and data repositories overburdened with large volumes of irrelevant entries that aim to justify billing and help ward off liability rather than giving a clean set of data that would support evidence based decisions using clinical pathways and guidelines.
A suite of mobile apps in conjunction with our Virtual Perpetual Tumor Board (PTB-TM) utilizing secure cloud based software technology would allow:
1- Real-time team collaboration with individualized and inclusive treatment plans for each patient to replace inefficient communication methods and encourage the use of electronic health records.
2- Simple and clear patient education and involvement and the creation of a truly shared decision making process eliminating patient anxiety and improving face to face clinic consultations and telephone interactions.
3- Analysis and identification of trends through the generation of anonymised and aggregated data eliminating decision making based on irrelevant chart entries or isolated clinical notes.
4- Aggregated data will support clinical research and improve the matching of patients to the guideline based treatment plans and identify eligibility to clinical trials.
1- Cancer treatment can cost up to $100,000 and last over a year. We believe an investment of $400 on each patient in order to improve the efficiency of treatment collaboration will result in savings for patients, health systems and payers by improving patient compliance.
2- Improving compliance with guidelines and evidence based medicine will also create value for individuals and society by reducing over treatment and unnecessary testing and improving quality of treatment.
3- An accessible database of HIPAA compliant and anonymized clinical data will help medical institutions and payers to match patients to proven treatments and improve patient satisfaction as an additional source of revenue for the company.4- Total addressable market size of $600 million from the 1.5M new cancer diagnoses in the US alone each year.
Second paying customer: 250 bed hospital signs a paying contract after a pilot trial.June, 2018
HIPAA Compliant: Ten hospital health system completed review of Accord declaring it HIPAA compliantJune, 2018
First paying customer using the Accord App: An 8 member urology group.June, 2018
Under ongoing consideration for Genentech’s Learning & Clinical Integration independent or collaborative innovation fundingFebruary, 2018
Exploring Partnership Opportunities with Georgetown University Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics for future collaboration.March, 2018
Accord pilot in 4 months: 150 users, over 2000 messages sent and an open rate of messages of about 50% compared to 2% for mass emailsApril, 2018
Pilot Launched With A Leading Urology group In KansasFebruary, 2018
Avident's Accord chosen for Athena Health Marketplace., MDP ("More Disruption Please") program.December, 2017
Available for Download for free in App Store and Google Play. On ioS and Android. (Users need sponsoring organization to access Accord)November, 2017
150 MAU´s Within 6 Months with multiple use cases. Most prominent is tumor board discussions and leadership, education and change.March, 2018
Pilot Launched With Medstar Health. Medstar is a 10 hospital system with 28000 employees, 5000 affiliated doctors in the mid Atlantic area.December, 2017
Accord App Development CompletedSeptember, 2017
CDSS Product Prototype CompletedJuly, 2016
Notice of patent publicationJanuary, 2016