Panacea: Under the hood of our flagship solution

Panacea: Under the hood of our flagship solution

Simon Gash, head of products and architecture at Future Perfect

Since beginning our journey as Future Perfect, we have put all of our collective effort into providing customers with seamless access into their wealth of clinical data. Our Panacea system takes you down that route. Here is an introduction to Panacea, the story behind it, and why it is a key piece of the puzzle to consolidating patient-centred clinical data.


A route to the data


Currently every healthcare organisation will have its own proprietary data, usually controlled by the IT suppliers, not by the hospital itself. That means access is limited. If you want to exceed those limits, you have to pay, and it's usually expensive. The consequences of that go beyond frustrating clinicians - every such difficulty that a clinician faces will have an effect on patient care.


One solution, of which our solution is a leading example, is to interpose a new data sharing layer sitting above separate IT systems, which the organisation can use for all of its information needs - one that is cheap, accessible, and usable. One that gives clinicians access to any data they need and are, of course, entitled to use, enhancing their decision-making. Panacea makes that possible. Panacea not only enhances better joined-up care, it also allows for powerful clinical audit and research, without being hamstrung by loads of separate and disconnected systems.


Panacea gives you access to the clinical data repository and  a way of storing data that allows everybody to  easily see and access it. Put very simply, its foundation is component based - a kit we can provide that you can use to create solutions bespoke to you. 


Origins


It’s quite a simple origin story. One of our customers wanted a clinical decision support system (something which runs a set of rules in the background guiding the clinician’s decisions). They were creating the rules part of the algorithm, but there was no application for that to sit inside, and that gap is where we saw Panacea fitting, effectively providing a single pane of glass for clinicians. It brings in information from other disparate systems and displays it in a custom visual presentation that makes sense to you. 


Support for clinicians


One of the key benefits from my perspective is the ability to extend the system. There is scope for customised views, and it can work for any clinician. Data is vital, and shouldn’t be trapped in inaccessible silos. 


Think of it as having layers. A layer for storing the information. A layer for using that information. On top of that, you can conduct analyses. The goodness increases with each layer. The problem is that it all rests on the bottom layer of accessing data - if you can’t, none of this is possible. Panacea can grant that access, and it’s up to the clinician to use it in a way that works for them.


Making the leap


Without information, you’ve got nothing. Information fuels the whole ecosystem. At the moment it is all held in silos with limited access, and with Panacea, that can all change. 


Panacea will be particularly cost-effective in supporting the work of the new Integrated Care Systems organisations, in assuring a joined-up approach to care across healthcare providers. 


Please get in touch via our website, or through LinkedIn, and we will help you to liberate the data you clinicians need.


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