By: Rob McKinney, Head of Product
(This article is the first in a series exploring our vision for technology and product development and how we’re solving some of the toughest problems in kidney care.)
Strive Health is and will always be focused on high-touch, comprehensive patient care. Under the hood, Strive is also one of the most innovative HealthTech companies on the planet. Our objective is clear: Build world-class technology to enable clinicians to achieve Strive’s mission to deliver compassionate kidney care the way it should be done.
In just the past year, we’ve invested millions of dollars to build an in-house platform that embraces the most modern engineering practices, technologies and cutting-edge predictive analytics — all while maintaining relentless focus on patient safety and data security.
Unlike many tech companies, we’re not here to disrupt – we’re here to methodically reinvent kidney care. We’re not here to replace clinicians – we’re here to empower them (especially our own Kidney Heroes ™) and the incredible relationships they build with patients. Ultimately, we’re here to dramatically multiply their effectiveness, and that’s why we call Strive’s platform the CareMultiplier ™.
Our physicians and Kidney Heroes™ have spent decades becoming healers and providers – but as much as 50% of their time can be spent on administrative tasks and not directly interacting with patients. The CareMultiplier™ platform, powered by proprietary machine learning algorithms, makes sense of massive amounts of data, cuts through the noise, and allows clinicians to focus on only doing what only they can do — high-touch patient care. The results are drastic reductions in unplanned dialysis starts or “crashes” and hospitalizations, and higher adoption of home dialysis.
To do that, we’ve built a highly-scalable and easily deployable platform that embodies mantra of our Chief Technology Officer and healthcare data integration expert, Masoud Nourmohammadi: The right insights, in the right hands, at the right time.
The Right Insights
Strive’s CareMultiplier™ aggregates and standardizes data from hundreds of sources, enabling a holistic patient view and world-class predictive analytics that are specific to each market and partner.
By training our machine learning models on over 53 million patient records, we deliver actionable insights like risk scores, ESRD crash predictions, and even cutting-edge artificial intelligence algorithms that identify patients whose kidney disease is undiagnosed.
Our machine learning models are operating at industry-leading performance levels and getting ‘smarter’ daily as our volume of data grows.
The Right Hands
Our technology is designed to seamlessly integrate with our proprietary care management workflow suite and EMR. This ensures that our Kidney Heroes™, care coordinators, physicians, and partners always have the latest insights for any given patient, empowering them to make the best possible care decisions.
In addition to individual patient records, Strive’s in-house analytics dashboards provide insights at the population health level and show our clinicians and partners clear metrics on how our interventions improve both clinical and financial outcomes.
The Right Time
Strive’s CareMultiplier™ was purpose built from scratch, so there’s no technical debt or outdated legacy applications to slow us down. In many cases our platform can be deployed in a new market in a matter of weeks (not months or years like typical healthcare technology). Once live, all patient records and machine learning models update in real time to provide the most accurate and timely data to care teams.
In the most urgent cases, the platform securely alerts our Kidney Heroes™ 24-hours a day when interventions are needed. And we’re proud to say that just weeks after launching this new feature, it is already producing stories of avoided hospitalizations and even life-saving interventions.
So how are we doing?
In April, Strive launched the CareMultiplier™ in partnership with SSM Health in the greater St. Louis area. We certainly weren’t planning on a global pandemic, but the flexibility of our platform allowed us to easily pivot into a 100% telehealth practice until our in-person clinics could safely reopen.
We are actively implementing the technology in several other major markets (to be announced soon). And most importantly, we are already seeing the platform drive significant, measurable improvements in patient outcomes and financial cost savings.