Partners to invest in QPID Health software

David Torchiana, CEO of Partners Healthcare.
David Torchiana, CEO of Partners Healthcare.

Partners HealthCare is investing in a software tool that will help its doctors better navigate patient data.

Boston startup QPID Health built the system, which scans patients’ electronic health records — vitals, medication histories, genomic data — and summons a relevant summary quickly, when a doctor calls it up.

“There are all these clinical gems in the record that never see the light of day,” said CEO Michael Doyle.

The investment is part of a massive ongoing IT upgrade across Partners hospitals, to wean staff from paper notes to a digital database that will allow patient information to be viewed on computers or tablets.

The QPID retrieval system will draw from digital data stored in a new $1.2 billion electronic health record system called Epic. The primary purpose of the Epic system will be to catalogue patient data, while QPID’s intelligent software will retrieve data from that virtual storage bin within microseconds to display a “concise snapshot” of a patient as they are sitting with their doctor.

QPID’s core software was developed at Massachusetts General about a decade ago. The company launched as an independent entity in 2013 and has raised $16.7 million from firms including New Leaf Venture Partners and Matrix Partners.

MGH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Providence Health & Services, and Sharp HealthCare in San Diego are among 20 hospitals nationwide using the system. Doyle said he expects the system to be fully active within nine months. Neither Partners nor QPID disclosed terms.

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