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Verana Health’s Commitment to Quality

Author: Sujay Jadhav, CEO of Verana Health
March 2022
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The healthcare industry is awash in clinical data. Electronic health records (EHR), specifically, enable communication between providers, capture clinical findings, and facilitate individual patient care. EHR data also presents an opportunity to advance the quality of care for patients at large. Point-of-care data, however, was never intended for research use to make such an impact. 

While individual physician practices, hospitals, and healthcare systems often have fluid data sharing practices within their walls to help care for patients day-in-day-out, healthcare data across and between this multitude of healthcare settings is neither organized nor standardized. And, important data is typically scattered across numerous sources that may include EHRs, claims, lab reports, and imaging results. 

EHR data, in particular, has the breadth and depth that reflects the complexity and nuance of healthcare encounters, but key information that could inform research is often buried in the “notes” sections, representing unstructured data that is difficult to access, extract, and normalize in a scalable way. Further, this EHR data can be complex and confusing when analyzed in aggregate,  seeing as how different clinicians document the same things in different ways. Up to 80% of healthcare data is unstructured, according to estimates.

Up to 80% of healthcare data is unstructured, according to estimates.

As a result of the healthcare industry’s data challenges, clinicians and life sciences researchers are frequently forced to draw conclusions based on incomplete information that does not reflect real-time data. For example, until recently it has been cost- and time-prohibitive to merge structured and unstructured EHR data with claims data, imaging data, and data from other sources—in a reliable way that protects patient privacy—to create a comprehensive and consistent view of the drug lifecycle and patient journey that can generate actionable insights to improve care.

For providers, this lack of accurate, comprehensive patient data means that they can miss opportunities to connect dots that could lead to interventions that improve their patients’ health. For life sciences companies, it means they often lack access to information that could help them improve clinical trial design, patient recruitment, patient safety, and post-launch performance. 

Verana Health exists to help solve healthcare’s data problems by improving quality at every step of the patient experience. Quality is infused in everything Verana Health does – from driving quality data and insights to enabling quality of care and life.

Quality is infused in everything Verana Health does – from driving quality data and insights to enabling quality of care and life.

Here’s a deeper look at how Verana Health’s mission is centered around quality: 

Quality Data

Verana Health partners with leading medical societies to transform real-world clinical data into real-world evidence to advance medical insights by harnessing the comprehensive EHR data found in their clinical data registries. Through these exclusive partnerships in ophthalmology, urology, and neurology, Verana Health is able to connect data from more than 20,000 healthcare providers and 70 EHRs to our VeraQ™ population health data engine. VeraQ is clinician-directed and enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI) to securely power a data integrity feedback loop of nearly a half-billion raw, point-of-care health encounters from our exclusive real-world data network. Ultimately, VeraQ de-identifies, tokenizes, harmonizes, curates, and links data with other sources, such as claims and imaging data, for deeper insights. 

Quality Insights

The VeraQ platform generates Qdata™ – data modules that are curated with a clinician-first approach, complemented by natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML). Qdata delivers high-quality, research-ready, disease-specific modules that power the insights we drive for life sciences, medical practices, and medical societies.

Quality of Care

Our expert analytics projects and robust products help to promote quality and safety in drug development and commercialization, medical innovations, and medical care. The benefits our work provides to the life sciences industry include generating real-world evidence and enabling clinical trials; for providers they include generation of real-world evidence, as well as quality reporting and clinical trial activation. 

Quality of Life

Ultimately, our goal is to use data to learn from what’s happening in real-world healthcare settings to help medicine progress for the benefit of patients. 

Ultimately, our goal is to use data to learn from what’s happening in real-world healthcare settings to help medicine progress for the benefit of patients. 

Our partnerships with leading medical societies, our commitment to quality, and our initiatives to transform clinical data into real-world evidence, are helping  unlock the power of digital data throughout the healthcare system—for providers, life sciences companies, regulators, and, ultimately, patients​.