Caristix was founded in July 2009 by a team of seasoned software developers, testers, product managers and marketers. Our vision? We’re imagining a world where developing and deploying software for hospitals is a whole lot simpler than it is today.
Caristix Elevator Pitch
Caristix President Stéphane Vigot on the problem we’re solving and our vision for interoperability and healthcare data.
What We Do
Caristix technology serves to simplify the development, deployment, and maintenance of healthcare applications designed for hospitals. We’re building products that help vendors and hospitals become more productive.
How We Got Here
The people at Caristix live and breathe interoperability requirements, HL7 messaging, and data integration. Our founders and early employees have over 35 years of collective experience in software dedicated to healthcare. We’ve also worked together since 2004 (and in a couple of cases, long before).
Who We Serve
We serve the technology companies that bring innovative solutions to hospitals, and we serve hospital IT teams. Our products facilitate data management, so that our customers can seamlessly translate data into actionable information. While our products have a direct impact on the work of analysts and interface engineers, our end-goal is to enable caregivers access to the information they need, when they need it.
Why We’re Here
The Interoperability Challenge in Healthcare
Walk through an average-sized health care organization, and you’ll find dozens of software systems in use. But do they play well together? Too often, the answer is no.
Each system has a very specific purpose, from managing patient names and addresses to tracking patient medications. Take one basic piece of information: a patient’s name. Now consider how many different ways a patient might be identified within each system…
Is the name spelled right? Does the system use middle initials, or does it spell out middle names instead? What about John Smith Junior and John Smith Senior?
With something as simple as the wrong patient name – or the same patient with several names in multiple systems – the care process can get off-track. How can a doctor be sure she’s providing the right care, when the patient management system she’s consulting can’t pull up the right name from another system?
The answer is interoperability.
Play Well Together
Hospitals and vendors get software systems to play well together by enabling interoperability. Interoperability is the capacity for systems to share and exchange data, and interoperability is absolutely key to health care organizations.
The standard used in the industry for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information is called HL7, or Health Level 7. HL7 was designed to facilitate interoperability between systems. But HL7 is so highly customizable, it is often called the non-standard standard. No two hospitals –or vendors—implement HL7 the same way.
So interoperability is no easy task for healthcare organizations or for the vendors that serve them. And we want to change that.