Apervita: A True Healthcare Transformation

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Paul Magelli, Founder & CEO and Kenneth Jakobsen, President Imagine the endless capabilities of a secure healthcare cloud platform that empowers clinicians to not just collect patient data, but distribute data-driven insights into workflow, in real time, within their organization and across chosen external partners, like insurance companies and regulatory agencies.

With that kind of technology, the millions of dollars saved in healthcare costs come second only to the thousands of lives saved, thanks to physicians spending more time focusing on patients, and less time on administrative tasks. Apervita, the brainchild of serial entrepreneur, Paul Magelli, is the agent of change that makes this possible. By digitizing evidence-based clinical guidelines and importing them into a cloud-based platform that delivers dynamic, patient-specific clinical pathways into the workflow in real time, Apervita plays a pivotal role in delivering better patient care. Apervita enables healthcare enterprises to create, share, and distribute health applications and insights into their workflows to create unprecedented social impact.

"Apervita can connect with numerous organizations, solve many problems, and run at a very large enterprise-scale on a single platform" - Kenneth Jakobsen, President

The evolution of the healthcare industry can be defined as an incremental one; a decade or so back, electronic health record (EHR) systems made their way into the industry. This can arguably be considered as the onset of the digital transformation. The next frontier, for the most part, revolves around leveraging cloud technologies for the distribution of insights into clinical and operational workflows. Healthcare institutions now understand that fostering seamless interoperability between organizations will give them the ability to furnish value to the “frontend” of their organizations. This is the visionary direction that Apervita aims to steer the healthcare sector toward. Paul Magelli, CEO and founder of the company, says, “CIOs need a secure platform that allows them to not just do more with less, but deliver real clinical and operational value to the business rapidly and affordably.”

Today, healthcare entities are confronted by pain points pertaining to fragmented data, analytics, insights, and workflows. To increase operational efficiency and achieve better patient care, the need for automated workflows alongside the ability to seamlessly interact with stakeholders in the healthcare service line—such as payers, regulatory agencies, and the government—has become more of an imperative than ever before. For healthcare organizations, as much as ten years have been spent to build the measurement infrastructure that is used to asses hospital quality. When working with regulatory bodies like The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS), reporting on quality and performance has been a largely manual, paper-based process that was time- and cost-intensive.

Furthermore, data security is a top priority for healthcare CIOs. As Gartner introspects—“EMR, analytics and cloud migration are the most important technologies that will differentiate healthcare organizations.”

The kind of speed and scale our platform gives is unprecedented. You can grow faster, serve many institutions and deliver exceptional value to your entire organization

To this end, Apervita provides a secure, cloud-based platform for healthcare providers to consolidate and share data, run applications and analytics, and automate workflows across other organizations while maintaining data ownership. Users can easily create and publish analytics within a few minutes. Healthcare enterprises can rapidly and consistently develop applications and analytics with their data and utilize them across external stakeholders like providers, payers, regulatory agencies, and the government. The “readily available” data has a transformative impact on the clinical, financial, and operational aspects of the organization, including readmission prevention, chronic disease management, protocol compliance, rapid detection of patient health deterioration, and more. The implementation of healthcare data can also detect early infections, prevent health complication risks and improve diagnosis detection.

Magelli explains that insights from traditional workflows such as EHRs and business intelligence tools such as Excel and Tableau that are used by financial analysts can be made available at a healthcare institution’s point of service. “Apervita can connect with numerous organizations, solve many problems, and run at a very large enterprise-scale on a single platform,” adds Ken Jakobsen, president of Apervita.

A Look into the History and a Glimpse into the Future

Based out of Chicago, Apervita was conceptualized by Magelli with the goal to make every healthcare organization connect in one network through a common platform. Having vast experience in building analytics and data companies across various other industries, Magelli noticed a 20x improvement in time on developing use cases on a cloud platform in contrast to that of an on-premises solution. With an experienced team of clinicians and IT engineers, Magelli embarked on the journey to pave the future of healthcare. The company has the right mix of both the talent sets of developers and healthcare experts, who developed the first cloud-scale platform that can be used to build and deliver healthcare data and applications within minutes. By implementing Clinical Quality Language (CQL), the modern language for healthcare computing, Apervita’s customers can rapidly build health measures and insert them into computable workflows across the organization.

Being the only one of its kind, the Apervita platform enables users to author, import, test, execute, and share CQL for automating the process of measuring performance and quality across healthcare systems. Dubbed the CQL-as-a-Service model, the company aims to eliminate any friction or obstacle between organizations working on the measurement of performance or improvement, and also get rid of custom implementations in local environments. The platform is equipped with sophisticated and modern security algorithms that are certified and validated as HIPAA, ISO 27001, and SOC 1/2/3 compliant.

The industry-scale platform houses three pre-built applications—ePerformance, ePathways, and eCollaboration. With ePerformance, users can manage and measure performance in real time. They can report on quality measures throughout the healthcare ecosystem, securely sharing those results with collaborators of their choice.
While ePerformance measures quality, ePathways provides the insight to guide performance improvement in real time. ePathways doesn’t just digitize the most up-to-date clinical guidelines. It inserts those guidelines into the workflow and customizes them dynamically according to the real-time patient state and their historical medical history. Clinicians are able to execute on evidence-based practices unique to specific patients, improving quality and performance.

eCollaboration underpins the entire platform. It allows for secure affiliation with other organizations. eCollaboration removes the friction from collaborating within and outside the organization and allows customers to connect and affiliate with external stakeholders in a controlled, multi-tenant environment.

A Health Cloud Transformation in Action

Because a cloud platform model makes it easy to quickly get started and scale, Apervita’s customers are able to rapidly garner ROI. In one case, a leading national healthcare system implemented Apervita for their accreditation reporting as well as risk and incentive-based contract reporting with ePerformance. With Apervita, the health system was able to use their data to improve performance in real time. The provider was also able to undertake the process in a matter of months in the cloud, at a lesser cost, which otherwise would have taken years on-premises with an army of services people. Apervita gives healthcare enterprises the advantage of assessing and managing their performance across the entire organization in real time.

“The kind of speed and scale our platform gives is unprecedented. You can grow faster, serve many institutions and deliver exceptional value to your entire organization,” says Jakobsen.

The Apervita team attributes its repeated success to their priority on maintaining a network with a considerable number of organizations connected to their platform. “We have thousands of U.S. healthcare providers connected to our platform and its scale is differentiated in terms of the number of applications they can integrate across the network,” says Magelli. He adds that Apervita’s approach to the market is entirely different from its competitors. They follow a policy of giving complete ownership and control over the data, analytics, and applications to the customer.

Initiating a Future-Ready Approach

Apervita aims to continue on its mission of making their platform the most connected with hospitals and practices in the U.S., translating to orchestrating expansion plans of their network on a massive scale. Apart from supporting workflows revolving around performance, pathways, and collaboration, the organization is also seeing an increased adoption of AI and machine learning to drive digital transformation.

“At the end of the day, what we want Apervita to be is a partner for organizations where they can digitally transform and optimize their business in healthcare. These organizations are finding that they can use our platform to automate some mundane tasks that, for example, reduces the clicks a nurse has to perform in the EHR with AI/ML from 500 to five. That said, AI/ML is not replacing the human anytime soon. It is assisting with the automation of the busy, redundant, low-value work,” concludes Jakobsen. Sure enough, thanks to the seasoned team at Apervita, they are already en route and leading the pack in that direction.

Apervita News

Fast-Growing Healthcare Startup Apervita Announces New VP of Talent

CHICAGO -- Apervita, Inc. today announced it has named Liz Vellojin as VP of Talent, a new position at the healthcare cloud platform company.

Vellojin brings over 13 years of experience in strategic recruiting leadership roles for incubated and pre-IPO product-based technology companies. She was previously the Head of Talent Strategy at Vivid Seats, the largest independent online ticket marketplace. Prior to that, Vellojin led efforts to scale Outcome Health (formerly ContextMedia Health) from 100 to 600 people in 2 years.

"We are in a phase of unprecedented growth at Apervita and we needed a leader who fully embodies that growth mindset," said Apervita president Ken Jakobsen. "Liz is a self-described 'high-growth enthusiast.' She knows how to build a people-first culture that can rapidly scale."

Healthcare enterprises are increasingly looking to cloud platforms to speed up their time to value and remove cost. Apervita is enabling that transformation. In 2018 the company grew annual recurring revenue over 1,000% and went from 24 to over 2,000 healthcare enterprises on the platform.

"Talent and culture are at the core of successful businesses," Vellojin said. "My vision is to build a Human Enablement Department that puts people first, catapulting Apervita toward achieving its mission of transforming the healthcare industry."

Vellojin believes in a values-driven recruiting process, which she says is particularly important in healthcare.

"There are a lot of great product companies out there, but you rarely find such an opportunity to create real human impact," she said. "The Apervita platform improves the lives of millions of patients every day while removing massive cost. That is something I'm proud to be a part of and excited to have the opportunity to help grow."


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Paul Magelli, Founder & CEO and Kenneth Jakobsen, President

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