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Pratah: Aggregating Disparate Healthcare IT Solutions Under Single Umbrella

Susila Govindaraj
Monday, April 11, 2016
Susila Govindaraj
It is undeniable that the healthcare IT industry has been on the rise for quite some time. Experts are optimistic that 2016 will usher healthcare to people's fingertips via smartphones, not merely for health monitoring, but also for diagnosis and treatment. But, being a fairly complex domain with stringent government mandates, it grapples with snail-like pace in innovations and an even slower rate of industry adoption vis-a-vis other industries. Vast domain knowledge being a must factor, the healthcare industry holds higher barriers that prohibit startups from entering - particularly in U.S. The innovations bursting out of these barriers still suffer with limited potential, since they are all locked up in silos. Interoperability being the biggest barrier that blocks data capture and thus automation, the healthcare industry is crying out for an overarching system to increase its RoI.

Shattering the Barriers

As an antidote to this problem of disparate healthcare systems, Pratah Healthcare Technologies was born recently as a strategic partnership betweenPratian Technologies, a Bangalore-based innovative IT Solutions company, and Access Health Care, LLC, a Florida-headquartered multi-service medical facility, shook hands as partners. "Since 2014, Pratian has been building a suite of healthcare products along with Access, chiefly for primary consumers in U.S. geographies and eventually for global geographies. Recently, we took the relationship to the next level and incepted this partnership as a focused healthcare incubation company," remarks Subramanian Sivakumar, CEO, Pratian Technologies. Aside from being a fusion of Prat in Pratian and AH in Access Health Care, PRATAH, which means the dawn of a new morning, also indicates the advent of an unprecedented overarching technology this venture has given life to.

"We are bringing together the hitherto disparate healthcare applications and functionalities to form an end-to-end suite," explains Dr. Pariksith Singh, Founder & CEO, Access Health Care, LLC. This remarkably creative and dynamically interactive platform bringing diverse skills together will be a bridge adjoining healthcare providers and IT professionals, which is a crucial element that has been notably lacking in the healthcare world of late. Built with a design thinking approach that enforces collaboration with each team, this suite helps software developers to provide what doctors really need.

Embarking on its journey in 2001 with a couple of providers, Access sped its way to the top and cemented its ability as a proficient organization. Today it has over 250 providers under its umbrella with total headcount of 800 employees and annual accrued turnover exceeding $500 million. With major focus on patient care, Access improves the quality of patients' lives and their healthcare outcomes not only via its solutions for hospitals, healthcare centers, radiologists and diagnostic centers, but also brings it straight to their doorsteps via social media. Access is building a giant claims platform for healthcare insurance, a professional community portal and a huge data warehouse, numerous applications for Third Party Administration under the name MIRRA and ACO Analytics, an application for accountable care organizations among several others.

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