Healthcare Tech Startup Ciitizen Acquires Stella Technology’s HIE Business to Improve Patient Access to Medical Records

Healthcare Tech Startup Ciitizen Acquires Stella Technology’s HIE Business to Improve Patient Access to Medical Records

Considered a pioneer in information exchange and interoperability, Stella Technology developed solutions to optimize workflows and unify disparate data. The company has worked over two decades with state and regional health information exchanges (HIEs) to connect their healthcare ecosystems to enable better patient care, drive population health improvements and provide timely data collection and reporting, according to a Ciitizen press release. By acquiring Stella Technology’s digital health information technology platform and interoperability expertise, Ciitizen aims to advance HIEs’ data quality and analytics capabilities and get patients faster access to complete healthcare records.

The technology capabilities also enable HIE compliance with the new federal information blocking rules, according to company executives. “We are seeing a high demand from across the healthcare industry for a new healthcare data infrastructure. With our wide network of partnerships with leading pharma, biotech and research organizations, HIEs and patients, Ciitizen is propelling the industry towards greater information sharing,” he said in a statement.

Sethi said the acquisition deal will be the “first of many innovations” to enable easier access to records, imaging, genomics and natural disease histories for patients and healthcare providers. Sethi started Ciitizen in 2017 after his sister lost her battle with metastatic breast cancer. In her last six months of life, Anil crisscrossed the country with his sister, Tania, who was seen by 23 specialists across 17 institutions, none of which had Tania’s full health history, according to the company.

“Combining Stella’s data exchange network and analytics platforms with Ciitizen’s machine learning technology creating research-ready medical records brings a unique solution for HIEs and patients requiring complete health records for better outcomes,” said Anil Sethi, CEO and co-founder of Ciitizen, in a statement. RELATED: How do you get providers to comply with patient record requests? This group launched star ratings

The company’s service is free to patients. Sethi left his role as director of health records at tech giant Apple to start Ciitizen with the goal of putting patients in control of their health data in a seamless and frictionless way.

Two years ago, Ciitizen established a rating system for providers based on how they respond to patients’ medical record requests. That Patient Record Scorecard has grown from 50 providers scored to nearly 3,400. Lalo Valdez, president and CEO of Stella Technology, said Ciitizen has developed advanced data management tools that complement what the Stella technologies bring to the table. RELATED: Why experts say the information blocking ban will be game changing for patients

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