Lead that’s popped up because of Covid-19
Steve’s breakdown: Technology from Persivia examines a patient’s electronic medical record to pinpoint whether that person might have Covid-19.
We think that’s pretty impressive but this company has to get the word out. Mansoor Khan is the Chief Executive.
MARLBOROUGH, MA: Persivia Inc., a Marlborough, Mass., software company, this week is rolling out an artificial-intelligence tool that can predict which patients likely have Covid-19 before they are tested.
Efforts to combat the virus have suffered from a shortage of test kits in the U.S., although availability is ramping up.
Persivia’s technology is designed to spot those likely to have the virus by analyzing their medical records so that health-care organizations can more effectively target patients in need of testing and treatment. The new tool is being added to the company’s AI-based care management and analytics platform, called CareSpace, which examines a patient’s electronic medical record to make care recommendations.
“We’re in the business of supporting hospitals who have patients showing up that may have suspect cases,” said Mansoor Khan, Persivia’s chief executive. “When you have hundreds of patients that start showing up, God forbid, the game changes….You need an automated system to quickly triage them and make sure care resources go to the right person.”
The tool uses a combination of machine learning and natural language processing to analyze structured data, such as vital signs, and unstructured data, including social and travel histories in patient notes. It can make an immediate assessment and provide a recommended course of action.
If, for example, a person comes into an emergency room exhibiting just a few symptoms, such as a fever, shortness of breath and a cough, the Persivia system might tell the staff that the patient needs to be monitored closely. If, however, the system spots that person also has traveled and has been exposed to people infected with Covid-19, it might recommend immediate testing.
The more indicators the system flags, the more aggressive the course of action. For instance, the system might recommend immediate isolation for a senior with existing health problems who has been traveling and exhibits a number of Covid-19 symptoms.
Persivia said health-care organizations can customize the tool’s recommendations depending on how they want to handle potential Covid-19 cases.
Prime Healthcare Services Inc., which owns and operates dozens of hospitals across the U.S., is a Persivia customer and plans to use the new module. The health-care organization sees the tool as a backup to ensure its staff doesn’t overlook any potential cases, said Ahmad Imran, vice president of quality and value-based care at Prime Healthcare.
Prime Healthcare said the tool also would help employees handle incoming cases.
“Mostly at this point, we are focusing on the testing,” said Dr. Imran. However, he said, “It will help our front-line staff members to identify which patients need to be treated or triaged in what way.”
Persivia said it would continue to refine the system. As more is known about the virus, that data will be entered into the system so that it can better spot cases and offer more tailored treatment recommendations.
“We are working with clients to make sure everybody gets the guidance that they need,” said Fauzia Khan, Persivia’s chief medical officer and Mr. Khan’s wife. The couple founded the company in 2015.