Just as children connect the dots to create a complete picture, the Redox platform connects healthcare data system dots to form a future vision for more advanced and efficient patient care. While co-founders Niko Skievaski and James Lloyd speak of healthcare as a puzzle and data systems the interlocking pieces, one thing is certain of the pair’s vision for data integration – it’s not child’s play.
Consistent problems and integrated solutions
Lloyd, co-founder and CTO of Redox, began working with health tech companies during a period of varied “entrepreneurial efforts”. He noticed the gaps in the industry immediately. Consistent problems existed in both consulting with healthcare IT companies around integration, and working with a few brand new companies about getting their technologies started.”
Skievaski, who serves as Redox’s president and co-founder, says that the source of those consistent problems can be traced back about ten years. “Over the past decade, almost all healthcare providers have adopted digital healthcare records,” Skievaski says. “This has digitized all of the data that’s kept within the healthcare system.”
Skievaski attributes the inconsistency in data systems in the industry to the desire for personalization. Right now, there are dozens of medical records systems for hospitals and hundreds for individual healthcare providers. And most of these systems allow healthcare providers to tailor data systems to their needs, without much thought to how this customization affects the system’s integration capabilities.
Looking forward while putting patients first
The future of integration is something the Redox team dedicates a lot of effort to. While they are busy filling gaps created in the past, Skievaski predicts a period of great growth ahead.
“Our direction over the next 5 years is to use that data to provide better quality and higher efficiency care to patients.” Skievaski adds, “And that requires new technology.”
The technology Redox built is powered by its nimble API. This series of protocols and tools allows developing applications to tap into powerful streams of information. A major component of the API’s success is its standardization of the data passing through it. With this, applications can avoid creating custom solutions for individual healthcare systems. In the end, greater growth in healthcare becomes driven by data toward more efficient outcomes.
Growth as a healthcare partner
As a startup member in Cisco’s Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) program, Redox hopes to grow its capabilities and expand its presence in the healthcare industry. Redox’s involvement with Cisco EIR grew from a partnership that began when Redox collaborated with Cisco to assist a health system with trouble-shooting some interoperability issues.
Their efforts to establish themselves as a vital cog in the healthcare system include mentorship and partner development. As the movement of records digitization moves toward implementation of cloud-based technology, Redox continues to work with healthcare systems to make smart moves for future success.
“We’re trying to provide the right kinds of services to match what the company needs,” Skievaski said. “For a lot of developers, that’s more of a self-service, resource center approach.” This is why Redox puts together webinars on a weekly basis to help people get started in Healthcare IT and other informational resources.
Of the company’s participation in Cisco’s EIR program, Skievaski believes that this opportunity with Cisco will help bring them to a mature cloud strategy to health system enterprises looking to more rapidly adopt new technology.
Reflecting on Redox’s experience with Cisco EIR, Skievaski advises future startup leaders to take their brand’s destiny into their own hands when it comes to interacting with Cisco EIR teams and leaders.
“The EIR program is really what you make out of it,” he said. “Know what you’d like to get out of the relationship and make those expectations clear to the mentors as you network within the organization. That’s the best way to have Cisco EIR direct you to the right group of people to make your goals a reality.”
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