How Syapse Breaks Down Silos in the Hospital IT Ecosystem
Posted by: Andro Hsu 12/23/2014

Today’s clinicians face not only a daunting amount of information to track for each patient, but also the challenge of finding that information spread across multiple, non-interacting software systems. As the American Society of Clinical Oncology highlighted in its report, The State of Cancer Care in America: 2014,

Obtaining the information needed to develop treatment plans and summaries (e.g., performance status, previous therapy, comorbid conditions) required 23 separate steps including visits to various screens, tabs and other sources within the EMR. [emphasis added]

Note that the above quote considered only the EMR, not the PACS, CPOE, LIS, or other acronymed systems typically used in hospitals. And this is the unfortunate situation even before introducing precision medicine—with its accompanying genomic and other molecular data, constantly evolving interpretive knowledge, and need for integration into organizational care pathways and guidelines. Since genomics and molecular data are only useful when viewed in the context of a patient’s clinical history, adding yet another siloed software system (not to mention a PDF or faxed report!) actually adds more to a clinician’s burden.

That’s why we’ve designed Syapse for Providers as more than just a better way to order molecular diagnostics tests and view interactive results. It also automatically integrates a patient’s clinical data from the disparate data sources used by a hospital so that clinicians can see a patient’s relevant clinical history at a glance within a single system. With this proper context, clinicians can then easily view molecular test results and take appropriate actions, such as ordering a targeted therapy or enrolling a patient in a matched clinical trial.

Syapse for Providers’ latest feature is a dashboard-like interface that pulls a patient’s clinical history from various data sources and visualizes it over time. It provides easy access to molecular test results from internal or sendout labs along with any recommended clinical actions.

Here are a few highlights of what the new interface has to offer in its Patient Overview, the first page a clinician sees when viewing a patient in Syapse. (See the green callouts in the screenshot.)

  1. Navigation tabs to detailed clinical history, including molecular diagnostic test results and expert panel recommendations
  2. Visualization of performance status and recent visit.
  3. Tumor status summary.
  4. Treatment history.

For each of these data types, Syapse securely pulls patient data from a hospital’s EMR and other systems on a regular basis, keeping the clinical history up to date with the latest treatment, imaging, pathology, and other data. Because molecular diagnostics test orders and results are routed through Syapse, all of these data can be queried together by hospital analyst staff.

Stay tuned for more on how the new interface brings precision medicine into the clinical workflow!