SOURCE: Information Builders

Information Builders

April 15, 2014 08:30 ET

RainTree and Information Builders Launch Cloud-Based Analytics Portal for Pharmaceutical Industry

Comprehensive Decision-Support Tool for Oncology Research Helps Improve Outcomes for Cancer Patients

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 15, 2014) - RainTree Oncology Services ("RainTree"), the nation's leading community oncology alliance, in collaboration with Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced the launch of OncoExplorer, a new cloud-based analytics portal that offers unprecedented decision-support capabilities to pharmaceutical companies. Insights derived from OncoExplorer will improve cancer treatment by helping researchers develop clinical and pharmaceutical protocols, leading to better outcomes for patients.

The latest addition to the RainTree Analytics suite of products, OncoExplorer provides clinical and administrative information about the use of oncology medications, along with HIPAA-compliant access to electronic medical record data, pharmacy dispense data, selected lab data, and claims adjudication summaries. As the largest source of oncology information amassed from community oncology practices, it offers pharmaceutical companies a convenient way to gather information from a single secure location. Longitudinal reports let users follow the patient treatment journey and drill down into clinical patterns and patient treatment pathways.

RainTree used Information Builders' iWay integration and integrity products to implement the patient index, data cleansing engine, and data warehouse. In addition, it used Information Builders' WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform to create the portal presentation layer and analytics workbench. "Information Builders has the technology we need for front-end reporting and analytics, as well as for back-end master data management," said Scott Skellenger, vice president and chief information officer at RainTree. "At every turn, they have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to our success."

OncoExplorer and related RainTree analytic applications enable cancer researchers to trace the complete oncology patient history, from the time of initial diagnosis to the present day. "Authorized users can see every therapeutic and supportive care drug that patients receive and compare them to specific lab results as they monitor disease progressions," explained John Dempsey, president of pharmacy services at RainTree.

Pharmaceutical companies can purchase subscriptions to review the data or export it for their own analysis. All patient data is scrubbed, filtered, and stripped of any personal identifiers, per HIPAA and HITECH guidelines, using Information Builders' iWay Master Data Suite

This unique oncology portal is the first of many analytic products that RainTree is preparing for the healthcare industry, all of which will be based on Information Builders' cohesive technology platform. For example, a new community oncology practice portal, available in the third quarter of 2014, will align patients within their practices to enable new types of treatment analyses and provide benchmarks to help optimize practice operations. RainTree will provide this service to its member oncology practices to help doctors improve patient care, as well as to health insurance companies to streamline the delivery of oncolytics to patients.

"By leveraging the data warehouse, we can help payers understand optimum treatment regimens, by disease state, all while maintaining the utility and security of patient information," explained Mike Martin, chief executive officer at RainTree. "This knowledge can be applied throughout our membership to promote best practices about how to treat various forms of cancer."

"RainTree has developed a best-in-class technology platform that transforms clinical oncology data into actionable information," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. "By gathering data from the leading oncology practices in the country, they have created an analytics platform that is unparalleled in this industry. Information Builders is pleased to support RainTree's BI and data management vision going forward."

About RainTree Oncology Services
RainTree Oncology Services is the nation's leading community oncology alliance, assisting its member practices in achieving better and more cost-effective treatment of oncology patients while creating new streams of revenue for community oncology practices. RainTree Oncology achieves this by negotiating and administering favorable GPO contracts; by implementing technology allowing RainTree Oncology members to develop and evaluate care pathways to improve patient care and outcomes while reducing costs to the healthcare system; and by developing commercial relationships that accelerate innovative oncology treatments and payer arrangements while optimizing oncology patient care and advancing the science of oncology. For more information, visit www.raintreeanalytics.com.

About Information Builders
Information Builders helps organizations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That's why tens of thousands of leading organizations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.