SEPT. 30, 2019—The Oregon POLST Registry, based at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), has selected Beyond Lucid Technologies (BLT)—a health and safety technology firm that develops software to connect emergency response and medical transportation agencies with hospitals—to revitalize the Oregon POLST Registry (OPR). OPR is responsible for receiving Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms, processing and housing the documents, and making them available on demand to caregivers—including emergency responders such as Fire & EMS agencies—seeking to ensure that patients’ wishes are carried out in their most critical moments.
The Oregon POLST Registry is the nation’s highest-volume POLST registry and has been recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator and Government Accountability Office as a leader in advanced care planning technology. OPR has received over 500,000 forms in the past 10 years, and nearly half of all Oregonians have a POLST form in the registry at the time of their death. The Oregon Health Authority and the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care are supporting the platform rebuild.
The platform rebuild will focus on three main areas: 1) more efficient POLST form entry into the registry to accommodate the increase in POLST submissions every year; 2) automated data reporting capabilities for enhanced continuous quality improvement; and 3) better POLST form accessibility for both POLST form submitters and emergency users. For the rebuild, BLT will leverage its experience in EMS and fire software development and the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange (HIE) as a backbone technical architecture. To date, the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital HIE has empowered over 100 hospitals to access real-time data from any EMS documentation system, while also receiving data from MEDIVIEW TRIPS / T.R.I.O., the first longitudinal (“over time”) records platform for both chronic and acute care that tracks social determinants of care in the same platform as 9–1–1 records. Inspired by successful “middleware” startups like Stripe and Twilio, among the key innovations Beyond Lucid Technologies will introduce is an API that lets prehospital agencies query and import POLST forms securely from any in-the-field charting software.
According to Dr. Abby Dotson, director of the Oregon POLST Registry, “As ePOLST systems are developed and technology continues to change, the registry will continue to transform to meet our mission. Our goal is to leverage technical advances and increase POLST form accessibility to better serve Oregonians who want to have their emergency-related treatment preferences known. We’re excited to enhance our POLST Registry platform.”
According to Jonathon Feit, cofounder and chief executive of Beyond Lucid Technologies, “Every so often you get the chance to help relieve pain for patients and their families using practical, integrated solutions that ensure they get the care they want and deserve. Moreover, you get to innovate alongside fire and EMS agencies seeking 21st century technology leadership… We look forward to serving Oregon and are grateful to OPR and OSHU for their appreciation of our work.”
About the Oregon POLST Registry
The Oregon POLST Registry (OPR) is funded by the Oregon Health Authority and subcontracted to OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine for its development and operation. The mission of the OPR is to connect emergency health care professionals with their patients’ POLST orders to facilitate compassionate, desired health care during a crisis. We strive to increase accessibility to POLST orders to support continuity of care across health services platforms. OPR fosters innovation by creating new ways to securely access health information. For more information, visit orpolstregistry.org.
About Beyond Lucid Technologies, Inc.
Beyond Lucid Technologies, Inc. (BLT), is a health-and-safety IT firm that develops software packed with innovations that make fire, ground and air emergency medical services, medical transportation and community paramedicine/mobile integrated health safer, more efficient and more cost-effective—with a special focus on addressing the scourge of drug addiction. BLT’s “prehospital pipes” connect the dots for partner-clients in the United States and Australia, with nearly 100 hospitals connected to the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange as of June 2019. The company has been called “Silicon Valley’s emergency medical technology experts.” Winner of the 2019 Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for EMS Communications Platform; runner-up for the 2018 East Bay Innovation Award (IT & Comms category); 2014 EMS World Innovation Award and a 2015 JEMS “Hot Product.” Online at www.BeyondLucid.com.
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