Jun 15, 2021

Simplified Solutions for Better Outcomes | Oregon Health Sciences University

The Scenario

Primary care settings are increasingly utilizing tablets, phones, and mobile technology to screen patients for behavioral health. The challenge, however, is to create a solution that integrates validated screening tools, converts patient responses into chart-ready notes for the clinician, and removes language or literacy barriers to patients.

Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) mapped out what they believed was the ideal flow chart of questions that efficiently assessed patients for substance use and depression. The complexity of applying the algorithm of questions to each patient, however, excluded using paper forms as an option.

OHSU and AltSource created a digital app could efficiently deliver the right questions to the right patient, remove language and literacy barriers, and integrate into various electronic medical record (EMR) platforms and APIs.

Jim Winkle
Research Associate, OHSU

“We had a vision for how our app needed to function, but this was a very complicated project. AltSource was able to turn our algorithms and flow charts into a digital product that provided a seamless experience for patients, care providers, and researchers.”

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Features & Benefits

Patient Screening:

Enables doctors to prescribe optimal intervention steps with better patient outcomes.

Self Service Portal:

Web application enables patients to quickly complete screening questionnaires in waiting rooms from any device

Translation:

Supports text and audio reading with highlights in both English and Spanish, breaking down communication barriers between doctor and patient.

Data Management:

Reduced manual data entry, improved data integrity, and increased bandwidth for improving research and patient care.

EMR Integration:

Once submitted, data instantly propagates to their EMR and is summarized to help researchers and care givers identify effective intervention techniques.

Business Impact

  • Patients can quickly complete screening questionnaires in clinic waiting rooms.
  • Reduced manual data entry, improved data integrity, and increased bandwidth for improving research and patient care.
  • Enhanced communication between care providers and patients regarding behavioral health risks.