autonomy_logo_2009.jpgThere is growing product-based evidence that vendors are either designing or adapting software for specific tasks and verticals. Today’s release of Auminence by Autonomy (newssite) and the application of IDOL to the healthcare vertical is a case in point.

At the core of Autonomy’s new Meaning Based Healthcare platform, the two new products offer new diagnosis software aimed at providing physicians with all relevant information needed for accurate diagnosis on a single dashboard, while applying Autonomy’s existing information governance and archiving software, that has already been successfully applied to the financial and legal verticals, to the healthcare industry.

Combined, Dr. Joseph Britto, Head of Medical Technologies at Autonomy, told CMSWire, the two cover all clinical and business operations across the healthcare industry, which Autonomy says it hopes to dominate with this release.

Autonomy and Healthcare

While Autonomy is no stranger to the healthcare market, this is first time that it has ventured into the area of diagnosis. At first glance, it may seem quite ambitious for a company that hasn’t been down that path before, but closer inspection shows that the IDOL technology, combined with new dashboards, are a good fit in this space.

Behind the development of the new platform were two different problems that Autonomy aims to provide a solution to. The problems are not unique to healthcare, but are becoming problematic for an industry that is so highly regulated. The two principal issues include:

  1. The growing volume of unstructured and structured healthcare information, increasingly complex industry regulations and heightened patient expectations and empowerment.
  2. Increasing pressure to move to Electronic Health Records (EHR). The first of these problems is being dealt with using Autonomy’s new software called Auminence

Autonomy’s Auminence

Auminence is a diagnosis aid that provides as much information available to a physician on a dashboard, accessible at the point-of-care.

By presenting information on a single dashboard, it enables physicians to combine their own personal and professional experience with all the knowledge that exists on a patient and the symptoms presented.

The software ‘understands’ the combined information, extracts patterns in the data, recognizes concepts and provides a checklist of possible problems that the physician can then interpret. It provides statistical probability of all possible diagnosis and lists the entire possible unknown’s in all possible diagnosis. It also integrates with existing electronic records, providing security using Autonomy’s IDOL security model, while at the same time, tracking each patient’s treatment to various outcomes.

Autonomy and Meaning

Autonomy is applying its meaning based technologies -- archiving, compliance and e-Discovery and records management software -- to the healthcare industry, and will offer all these products both in the cloud and on-premise.

You might recall that Autonomy’s information products work by recognizing concepts and context within the information and can classify that information according to enterprise-set criteria.

Autonomy is also ideally suited to manage electronic health records because it operates as an independent governance authority over all an organization’s content, managing and controlling content ‘in-place’, regardless of format or location.

Recent Developments

This is by no means the first healthcare product from Autonomy. In April this year, for example, along with Irish-based Kainos, it launched a new document management software application for hospitals called Evolve. Although it offered few benefits in terms of functionality, it was new in that it focused specifically on patient care.

Autonomy has also put some considerable time and investment into its overall information governance package, spending an undisclosed sum earlier this year to buy CA’s information governance business, including CA Records Manager and CA Message Manager.

The acquisition strengthened Autonomy’s Meaning Based Governance, and with CA’s records manager, also available in the cloud, it added further fizz to its already considerable archiving and records management products.

Today’s release is another step towards Autonomy’s strategy of providing software specialization for specific verticals. With information governance increasingly important in regulated industries that used large volumes of data, it seems likely that there will be further developments for other verticals in the coming months.