The Infera clinical decision support and HCC Assistant application from Inferscience is available in the athenahealth marketplace. It reads structured and unstructured patient data from the EHR, then analyzes the unique details of the patient’s condition against its evidence-based clinical rules, delivering specific care recommendations in real time. The platform also parses the patient chart to suggest all related HCC ICD-10 diagnoses which may have been overlooked during the encounter helping to ensure more accurate prediction of the future funding and expenditures of Medicare Advantage patients. Infera is integrated with AthenaClinicals EHR and is certified by the athenahealth More Disruption Please (MDP) program.
How does it work?
Once a client has signed up for Infera and the application has been activated for the client, the provider needs to install a browser extension on their computer. Once this is done, when the provider opens an encounter, Infera runs automatically in the background, analyzing patient data. Once the analysis is complete, the provider is notified in the left hand column in the EHR by clear Alert buttons. The user can click on the buttons to open a slider pane and review CDS and HCC recommendations. For CDS, the user can select orders from the pane to add those to the patient encounter in athenaclinicals. They can also select HCC codes and submit them to be added to the assessment section of the chart.
This image shows the Infera HCC alert button in the left column.
This image shows the care pathway recommendation for three chronic conditions.
This image shows HCC ICD-10 codes suggested by HCC Assistant
Why is it useful?
Primary care providers should find Infera useful because it will help them to practice evidence based medicine efficiently by applying Infera’s well-researched care pathway to patient data at the point of care. It may help them avoid some specialist referrals by giving them the knowledge and confidence to manage certain conditions themselves. It will certainly save them time compared to reading a long article which may or may not address the management question they have about their patient. Infera will allow them to spend more time with their patients while providing quality, standards based care.
Infera’s care pathways are complex and address a lot of variables leading to a specific and customized care recommendation. The care pathways are built by the Inferscience content team using society guidelines and original articles. The content building process is rigorous, involving several iterations and reviews by editors and specialist reviewers who are board-certified in their specialty. All recommendations come with a bibliography of the sources from which they are built. The pathways cover conditions commonly seen by PCPs in the fields of endocrinology, cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, preventive medicine, pulmonology and many others