Boehringer Ingelheim, Sutter Health team-up to improve patient care

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim is teaming-up with Sutter Health over a five-year research and health care innovation collaboration, which will explore and test the value of digital health solutions, mobile technologies, and insights from advanced data analytics in the delivery of health care. Boehringer Ingelheim will contribute its R&D expertise in novel medications, while Sutter Health will chip in with research and clinical experience from caring for a diverse population of more than 3 million patients in its network of hospitals and healthcare providers.

The two parties will start with focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to make it easier for doctors and patients to work together to personalize medical care to the patient’s unique needs and preferences.

The collaboration aims to develop a reliable, electronic data collection system to collect information directly from the patient, during every health encounter.“Re-designing the patient experience by seamlessly integrating key technologies, applications, and analytical insights has the potential to fundamentally enhance care for our patients with COPD,” said Joshua N. Liberman, Ph.D., director of Research, Development, and Dissemination at Sutter Health. “We will work with our pulmonologists, patients and Boehringer Ingelheim to design, develop, and test the most promising ideas for use broadly with our and others’ patients.”

Specifically, the initial collaboration between the two companies aims to develop a reliable, electronic (tablet or kiosk-based) data collection system to collect information directly from the patient, during every health encounter. It also aims to make it easier for both healthcare professionals and patients to communicate about treatment options by developing technological means for integrating clinical and patient reported data in an engaging visual display, as well as empower shared decision making through the use of visual displays to create more personal care.

“We believe that innovative technologies can help us develop a deeper understanding of patient needs, values, and care preferences—and create more time during office visits for doctors and patients to partner toward improved health outcomes,” said Walter “Buzz” Stewart, Ph.D., MPH, chief research officer for Sutter Health.