- Halo Health began as a system created for clinicians by clinicians
- Clinical collaboration platforms allow for technology consolidation and access to a single source of truth for real-time patient care
- “Expanding your Halo” allows for better patient care
- The Halo Health Platform can be a tool for instant collaboration
In a recent edition of the HealthBiz podcast with David Williams, Jose Barreau discussed where his passion for healthcare came from. Like a lot of kids, Jose’s interest in careers started around the family dinner table.
Jose’s father was a surgeon, and one of the reasons he became a doctor. Jose wasn’t alone in following in his father’s footsteps though. His older sister had a stethoscope around her neck since she was six years old. “Everyone knew she was going to be a doctor,” says Jose.
Jose made his first step toward this interest as a teenager when he listened to an oncologist map out treatment plans for his grandmother. Jose found his area of focus, and she made a full recovery.
“Oncology was so interesting to me,” says Jose. “The science, it was so fast-paced. It caught my attention over anything else.” Looking back on the time, Jose says that he got into oncology during a radical change in the field. The way clinicians were fighting cancer was growing by leaps and bounds. Eventually, Jose’s work would lead him to help create a major cancer institute, treating the most patients in southern Ohio.
“We developed multidisciplinary clinics where patients would come in and see all of their oncologists together — surgical and medical,” says Jose. “I created scientific review committees, the genetic program. It led me to where I am today in understanding the benefits of collaboration.”
His work at the cancer institute became the laboratory for what would later be the Halo Health Platform. The institute ran as a layered web of medical treatment. Often many physicians were working in tandem to treat each patient.
“When you get a whole care team around a patient and they are collaborating, the power is immense,” says Jose. He saw that the level of communication to achieve collaboration needed to be improved, so he started the Halo Health Platform. He hoped to meet the communication needs of a sizeable role-driven team.
“I remember very specifically walking through the halls of the hospital and thinking I can’t get in touch with anybody,” recalls Jose. “I am trying to get in touch with this physician and can’t do it. I don’t know the nurse who is taking care of this patient. We were spending a lot of time trying to communicate with people. I remember saying ‘somebody has to solve this, and we need to start solving this right now.”
Jose realized that every minute that went by — without a way to address these communication issues — was hurting patient care in the long run.
The Halo Health Platform was born from a need for a better kind of healthcare communication technology. It was tailored specifically for the medical industry. Compared to other companies, the Halo Health Platform has the singular focus of solving the unique communication barriers in healthcare.
“We took a holistic approach from the beginning,” says Jose. “Communication has to be system-wide. It has to be all of the users, not just nurses or technicians. It has to be a mission-critical platform that everyone needs to be on.”
In addition, Jose knew that the platform needed to focus on communicating with roles instead of specific people. By doing this, Halo Health can bypass the manual time it takes to find who is on-call for a particular need.
The Halo Health Platform stood apart from its competitors. Many other technologies used to communicate in healthcare settings weren’t made for the industry. Healthcare has unique communication needs, so developing a platform that targeted those specific pain points became a calling for Jose.
For a time, the Halo Health Platform was developed as a technological and communication platform within the cancer center institute. In 2015 the platform gained tremendous traction, and Jose made the call — it was time to let Halo Health stand on its own. He took on the role of full-time CEO.
As the platform expanded, so did its value. Jose explains that when a healthcare provider can “expand their Halo” and bring other providers into their communication network, they can collaborate in real-time across the care continuum.
Using modern cloud technology expands the community to all facilities in the network and surrounding affiliated providers. This network allows you to select who you want to connect and work with. The Halo Health Platform also allows medical documentation to become a point of collaboration instead of just sharing notes back and forth.
According to Jose, the future state for the Halo Health Platform is to “create the biggest network amongst hospitals and other care facilities; and get doctors and nurses what they need, when they need it.”
“As health systems expand their digital footprint, we want to be there expanding with them,” says Jose. “The Halo Health Platform is the digital foundation for real-time communication.”
To learn more, listen to the podcast interview with David Williams.