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August 17, 2021 - Holmusk, a leading global data science and health technology company building the world’s largest Real-World Evidence (RWE) platform for behavioral health, has signed data license agreements with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (The Harris Center) in Harris County, Texas.
The UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC) is the largest inpatient psychiatric care provider in Houston. The Harris Center is a large publicly funded outpatient behavioral health safety net provider serving the third largest county in the country. Together, they provide care to over 80,000 patients annually, and have a strong collaborative relationship to offer comprehensive, coordinated care to patients referred between the two centers.
The agreements give Holmusk access to deidentified health care data, which will be used to develop AI-powered analytic models that drive improved clinical outcomes. Holmusk will leverage its expertise in behavioral health data analytics to overcome the challenge of creating longitudinal patient records across the two facilities, which store data in multiple legacy Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Holmusk will leverage its proprietary Natural Language Processing (NLP) models and AI capabilities to create clinically relevant analytic tools, such as identifying patients at higher risk of 30-day hospital readmission. This dataset will fuel NeuroBlu, Holmusk’s RWE platform for behavioral health. NeuroBlu is currently the leading source of behavioral health Real-World Data, with over 20+ years of longitudinal clinical data with structured disease severity scores and NLP-derived symptoms, external stressors, and side effects.
“The Harris Center has worked closely with UTHealth HCPC for a number of years to provide the best continuum of care for our patients in and around Harris County,” stated Wayne Young, Chief Executive Officer of The Harris Center. “With thousands of patient referrals from UTHealth HCPC to The Harris Center every year, it’s imperative that we have a robust data set to not only make informed health-related decisions, but to continue to create innovative solutions for those with severe behavioral health conditions.”
“A fundamental premise at Holmusk is that real-world data can unlock our understanding of patient needs. We see significant potential to understand optimal care delivery and improve outcomes by using data efficiently to address the unmet need in mental health. We are excited to work with UTHealth HCPC and The Harris Center to bring together patient records and work with them to improve care delivery for future patients,” said Holmusk’s Chief Medical Officer, Scott Kollins.
“We are excited to partner with these premier behavioral health providers to integrate data sources in a way that, prior to now, has been impossible,” said Joydeep Sarkar, Holmusk Chief Data Analytics Officer. “Our data science capabilities will greatly facilitate the interoperability of patient health data across the care continuum to optimize outcomes.”
Holmusk is on a mission to reinvent behavioral health and transform lives with Real-World Evidence and digital innovation. Headquartered in Singapore and New York, Holmusk generates evidence and builds digital solutions to advance behavioral health research, innovation, and care.
NeuroBlu, Holmusk's flagship product, synthesizes Real-World Data (RWD) with seamless analytic tools, enabling users to create actionable insights that drive behavioral health transformation. NeuroBlu is powered by an industry-leading and continually growing behavioral health clinical dataset, with over 20 years of data on 560,000+ patients and 20+ million encounters. Holmusk uses advanced proprietary analytics to enrich the data, with Natural Language Processing and predictive disease models designed specifically for behavioral health. Holmusk augments its data and analytic offerings with powerful digital solutions that enhance patient engagement, support disease self-management, and capture patient-reported outcomes to help guide clinical decisions and analytics. For more information, please visit www.holmusk.com.
About The Harris Center
As the largest behavioral and developmental disability care center in the State of Texas, the Harris Center provides a full continuum of services to 86 sites across Harris County, serving approximately 80,000 individuals annually. Services are offered in over 40+ different languages to better serve one of the most diverse and multi-cultural communities in the nation. The organization is governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Harris County Commissioners Court.
The Harris Center is the state-designated Local Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Authority serving Harris County, Texas.
As a response to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (The Harris Center) is collaborating with Harris County to lead a new community wellness and resiliency program to support communities in Harris County, Texas. Healthy Minds, Healthy Communities, a locally led mental wellness and resiliency initiative, will focus on ten Harris County zip codes (i.e.,77093, 77504, 77022, 77076, 77090, 77060, 77033, 77091, 77038, 77450) that underutilize traditional mental health care and have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 as well other public health issues, such as suicide. The program aims to leverage natural and existing social support systems to create a community-led network of emotional supports and assistance.
The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, in cooperation with Harris County Probate Court 3 and the University of Houston, has received a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for an Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program for people with serious mental illness.
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Every October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “The Right Talent, Right Now.” As part of this month’s activities, The Harris Center is highlighting our recent summer internship collaboration with the H.E.A.R.T. Program.For many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), finding jobs out in the “real world” may not always come easy. As part of The Harris Center’s commitment to transform the lives of people with IDD, the agency recently collaborated with the H.E.A.R.T. Program to provide summer internships to individuals with IDD to allow them the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience across our agency’s various programs.
Harris County now has a new resource to help keep people with mental illness out of the Harris County Jail. The new Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center provides law enforcement with a community-based alternative for persons with mental illness who have been picked up for low-level, non-violent offenses such as trespass. The Diversion Center celebrated its ribbon-cutting and dedication October 1, 2018 at 9 a.m.
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