We are planning an exciting presence at Dreamforce this year, with great sessions, relevant speakers, and cool demos. We are particularly excited about a demo built by MuleSoft product manager Anton Kravchenko that jumpstarts the development of common healthcare applications around systems like, Epic, Fitbit and Salesforce Health Cloud.
Reducing cost, gaining efficiency, improving health outcomes
This is part of Catalyst Accelerate for Healthcare, a solution that helps drive healthcare innovation by simplifying development and accelerating project delivery. One of the advantages of Catalyst Accelerate, Anton points out, is that it’s a system agnostic solution. “It doesn’t matter what you have on the backend,” he says. “All systems of records are abstracted via reusable FHIR APIs that provide a means of hiding complexity from the end user.”
“For this particular demo,” Anton says, “We’ve picked popular systems such as Fitbit as our fitness wearable, Epic as our EHR, and Salesforce Health Cloud as patient management software. On top of these systems we’ve developed a three-layered microservices reference architecture showcasing how API-led connectivity can accelerate the implementation of common healthcare use-cases.”
“What’s interesting about this,” Anton continued, “is that Salesforce Health Cloud simplifies patient management and administration tasks. However, it’s not replacing EHR systems like Epic. In our Catalyst Accelerate for Healthcare, we view Salesforce as an intelligence hub that empowers healthcare professionals to deliver more personal and target care. By combining data from fitness wearables and EHR, we can now shift towards a proactive care. For example, if the fitness data shows a lack of activity and the patient has been diagnosed with high cholesterol, practitioners could send care articles via Salesforce, staving off a medical crisis.”
“For me,” says Anton, “ Ever since I moved to the U.S., my experience with hospitals and clinics hasn’t been great. I believe simplicity could really help improve it. Sharing data from fitness wearables and other medical devices could provide a better care and improve the day to day work of healthcare professionals. And since we’re an integration company, we want to showcase how easy that could be.”
How to integrate EHRs and fitness wearables with Salesforce
The first step is an API design. “Healthcare is a good example,” Anton says, “because FHIR defines a set of resources that represent granular clinical concepts. Since FHIR is a globally accepted standard, we’ve designed the System APIs in FHIR using RAML 1.0. “With an API design ready,” he continues, “we deliver a set of integration templates that showcase how FHIR APIs could be implemented on the top of Epic, Fitbit, and Salesforce Health Cloud. Also, with a v2 release of the HL7 connector, we’re going to release a pre-built template that will showcase the HL7 to FHIR implementation best practices.”
A challenge for Dreamforce attendees
“At Dreamforce this year, everyone can be a patient in our Anypoint Clinic,” says Anton. “Anypoint Clinic is an example web-portal that demonstrates patient onboarding, appointment scheduling, patient 360, and device connectivity use cases. The Dreamforce attendees that wear a Fitbit can test the portal and the most active participants during Dreamforce will win a prize!”
Are you up for the challenge, or just want to see the demo? Visit us at Dreamforce and be sure to check it out!