Herald Health, an award-winning digital health startup based at the Harvard Innovation Lab, plans to pilot a customizable clinical alerting system at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) this summer. Herald’s software allows doctors to tailor clinically relevant notifications to meet their unique workflow requirements. The pilot will draw on BWH’s expertise in digital health, to help Herald refine and scale a platform designed to improve provider workflow in the age of complex EHRs. Herald provides clinicians an intuitive tool to configure and customize real-time access to their patient results on the platform of their choosing. For example, a doctor could create a rule that automatically sends them a page when a patient’s troponin lab value - a measure of damage to the heart - rises.
Herald is an outgrowth of the team’s success at BWH's Hackathon in November 2015 where the team initially honed its concept to solve a need for providing providers a simple method of accessing key data from complex medical records systems. Herald further refined the product, leading to winning top prizes in the Harvard Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge and the athenahealth More Disruption Please Innovation Challenge. Most recently, Herald was accepted as a MassChallenge Accelerator Finalist and was announced a winner of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services’ Provider User Experience Challenge.
Recent BWH internal medicine resident physician graduate and Herald co-founder, Craig Monsen, MD, helped design the software. “Herald is the tool I’ve dreamed about. Too often, doctors are tethered to the electronic medical record, caught in a tug of war between the hospital clinical data systems and the patient’s bedside. Our hope is that Herald frees doctors to practice the safe and patient-centric care that brought them into medicine in the first place.”
Central to the collaboration is the Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub), which aims to foster a culture of innovation and accelerate digital health innovation at BWH. “BWH has a rich history and continued commitment to using novel technology to improve safety and efficiency across our healthcare system. We’re excited to continue that legacy by piloting this clinical notification tool for healthcare providers,” says Adam Landman, MD, Chief Information Officer at BWH.
Herald is pleased to partner with BWH’s iHub to further test and refine their clinical tool. Herald co-founder and CEO Brad Diephuis said, “We are very pleased to partner with a premier institution like BWH. Our product was born at the Brigham and we’re confident that the hospital’s continued support will allow us to create a product that improves care delivery.”
About Herald Health
Herald Health is an early stage digital health startup based at the Harvard Innovation Lab in Boston, MA. Herald’s mission is to make health care safer by offering providers seamless access to their clinical data. The company’s initial product is a customizable alerting system that allows doctors to specify exactly when and how they receive notifications on their patients’ results. Herald has been the recipient of two BWH Hackathon prizes, top prize in Harvard Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge and the athenahealth More Disruption Please Innovation Challenge. Most recently, Herald was named a finalist in the 2016 MassChallenge Accelerator and a winner of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider User Experience Challenge.