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LifecomLifecom claims to have developed an entirely new form of artificial intelligence technology and a supporting suite of knowledge development tools. The Lifecom technology portfolio includes novel knowledge extraction and management tools, the artificial intelligence engine, and a highly graphical user interface. Seven patents applications are pending.

Lifecom is the first portable medical software system built from the ground up to focus on the most important aspect of medical care – clinical cognition. It is the only system that anticipates error reduction mandates for which every medical practitioner is accountable. It is the only system that captures and processes patients' history, medications, symptoms, exam findings, laboratory results, vital signs, and imaging with artificial intelligence. Unlike Electronic Health Record (EHR) products, Lifecom's software does far more than store data. It tracks, processes and automatically presents all relevant clinical considerations to your doctor, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, nurse, or medical assistant at the exact moment that the knowledge can do the most good.

The building of the Lifecom Knowledge Warehouse begins with the Content Parsing Engine. This software tool “reads” medical textbooks and journals. Each sentence is analyzed in conjunction with two lexicons that define medical terms and sentence structures. The identified “knowledge fragments” are classified in thirty-eight unique categories of information (e.g. etiology, pathology, signs and symptoms, variant presentations, complications, interventions, etc.). The knowledge fragments are manually reviewed and clinical test cases are created. Following verification with the test cases, the artificial intelligence engine produces a “knowledge report” of all of the aspects of a particular diagnosis for review by the physician members of the Editorial Review Board. Only after this final review is a new diagnosis entered into the Lifecom Knowledge Warehouse and distributed to users over the Internet.

Lifecom's Adaptive Knowledge Engine recognizes users by their log-in identifier, and communicates in terms appropriate to the user. Medical information and questions are presented in highly specific medical terminology for professional medical users, and in fifth grade lay terminology for direct interaction with the patient. Provisions for multiple language versions of the System have been included. The patient demographic data and patient clinical data are stored in separate encrypted file structures. Customers are encouraged to participate in the Lifecom Clinical Data Network which makes patient records available (HIPAA compliant) across the Internet to other healthcare providers when authorized by both the patient and the referring medical practice .


At the point of care, users of the Lifecom System see a unique user interface that redefines the interaction between a medical practitioner and clinical data management, Images of skin conditions, animations of visual auras, skeletal images that include every bone and other intuitive screens are accessed with the stroke of a stylus on a tablet PC. Data and free text notes are entered as if writing on paper, and “electronic ink” is saved in the record for both legal and data entry verification purposes. The system adapts to the workflow of each medical practitioner and does not require that information be entered in any particular sequence.

As information is entered (e.g. past medical history, medications, chief complaint, physical exam observations, laboratory test values, radiology imaging interpretations, etc.), the artificial intelligence embodied in Lifecom's Adaptive Knowledge Engine in conjunction with the Lifecom Knowledge Warehouse makes clinical recommendations and generates the questions needed to resolve the diagnosis and insure patient safety. Lifecom’s artificial intelligence technology is unique in that both qualitative and quantitative analysis is performed. The System utilizes more than current patient data. “Aged” lifetime medical history down to the most detailed symptom or observation is also considered. Patterns of illness that can only be gleaned from observations over time, often from seemingly unrelated variables, are identified.

Lifecom is the first medical software system built from the ground up to focus on clinical cognition. Lifecom is unique in providing a solution that combines diagnostic reasoning with the health record. The Lifecom System generates a comprehensive differential diagnosis, identifies missing information and asks the questions needed to make an accurate final diagnosis.

Lifecom improves the accuracy and timeliness of medical diagnosis while reducing the cost of health care, improving quality, improving safety and reducing liability exposure. Lifecom has developed a graphic rich electronic medical diagnosis and record system powered by proprietary artificial intelligence technology, software tools to capture medical knowledge and a standardized clinical lexicon. The System improves the productivity of physician extenders, automates the creation of patient encounter documentation and provides accurate, auditable billing coding.

Lifecom's Clinical Features:

  • Diagnostic recommendations to reduce the incidence of missed diagnosis
  • Diagnostic refinement questions
  • Intuitive, graphically-rich data entry interface
  • Reduces cost and time required for documentation
  • Improves communication between the clinician and patient through the use of graphics and multi-media
  • Documentation of decision making process
  • Integrated lifetime patient medical record
  • Ability to integrate with traditional EHRs
  • Disease management

Lifecom's Business Features:

  • Billing coding with a robust audit trail
  • Improved physician efficiency through better utilization of physician extenders (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and medical assistants)
  • Malpractice insurance cost reduction
  • Facilitates practice methods being mandated by payers and Medicare:  P4P – Pay for Performance
  • Improved continuity of care

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2008 01:21 )  

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