Current Initiatives

Starship Health Technologies is focused on four inter-related challenges facing the health care system and the practice of medicine today. We are dedicated to understanding these drivers of long-term changes in health care and to creating processes and technologies to help the system adapt to them.

Toward an Accountable Health Care FutureClick to read more

A number of forces, ranging from an aging population to an expansion of the American patient base brought about by health care reform, are suddenly, rapidly and fundamentally transforming American medicine.  The emerging future health care landscape will be shaped by a need for accountability.  Both patients and the third-party payers who cover the costs of patient care are demanding ever greater -- and real -- accountability.  Payments are already beginning to be pegged, not to specific services provided, but to the outcomes realized. To accomplish this transition to bundled payment, health care will become less concerned with the billability of a specific task and more concerned with its impact on outcome.  Collaboration, communications, and mobility and will become important levers in the transformation.

Collaboration and Coordination of CareClick to read more

Groups and ad hoc teams of health care practitioners are best served by collaboration. It's the cornerstone of both care coordination and patient centered care. The goal is to reduce costs, enhance clinical outcomes, and promote research on the quality of care. The current system of care is fragmented by multiple payer and provider organizations and by the complex social structure of the medical profession. Each of these adds barriers.

The 21st century health care system has to become better integrated, with more effective teamwork and improved, and more measurable, care coordination. Starship's flagship product in this space is CPACE. For more on the CPACE system, click here.

Clinical CommunicationClick to read more

Person to person communication – between patient and provider and between and among providers – is the foundation of health care efficacy and patient empowerment.  Today, clinical communication is often ineffective, yet providers receive only minimal education or training in this critical skill.  In the accountable future, clinical communications will need to be more timely, more effective, and fully frictionless.  The communication skills of providers will have to adapt to an increasingly diverse patient population and the demands of enhanced collaboration and care coordination.

Realizing the Need for MobilityClick to read more

The health care clinical and information infrastructure must be as mobile as its patients and providers, enabling communication anywhere and everywhere. Low-cost, appropriate, effective and robust tools are needed for safe and efficient coordination: in the doctor’s pocket, on the nurse-practitioner’s hip or even attached to the patient’s body. This goes beyond simply pushing data – it creates a rich dialog between patient and provider and among providers themselves to achieve better outcomes.