ManaCloud API Offers Access to Health Records

Mana Health, a data-driven health care solution provider, has announced a secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud platform that unifies medical records and patient-provided data, called ManaCloud. Additionally, Mana Health provides an API for programmatic access to the platform. Mana Health announced the platform and its API functionality on the heels of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule that requires API access to health records.

"We are pleased to offer ManaCloud at the exact moment the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) set down the MU-3 requirement for API access to health records," Chris Bradley, Mana Health's co-founder and CEO, said in a press release. "Health information exchanges (HIEs), hospitals and health systems can now leverage the deep investment Mana Health has made in unified data infrastructure to enhance patient data access, care coordination, and chronic care management."

Mana Health developed ManaCloud as a method to pull together the many disparate data sources that contain patient-related data. Patient data often resides with many different providers, and rarely do unrelated providers adequately communicate such data to other providers. While the data fails to transfer to providers, the data itself constitutes critical information for adequate patient care. Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA) has partnered with Mana Health as the first ManaCloud user. HASA includes more than 40 hospitals and maintains 1.7 million patient records.

"By making the ManaCloud API available to our members, we can help them launch new and required services more cost effectively and help speed the transition to a more accountable health care system," HASA CEO Gijs van Oort said in a press release.

The ManaCloud platform allows input from many sources (e.g., clinical data, medical records and patient-generated data from apps and smart devices). All such information is aggregated and programmatically provided to any integrated system. The goal of the platform is an end-to-end, holistic view into a patient's medical condition and history. ManaCloud and similar platforms could lead to an entirely new take on value-based health care and greatly improve the quality of care throughout the world.

Eric Carter Eric the founder of Dartsand and Corporate Counsel for a specialty technology distributor. He is a frequent contributor to technology media outlets and also serves as primary legal counsel for multiple startups in the Real Estate, Virtual Assistant, and Software Development Industries. Follow me on Google+