For Immediate Release
May 26, 2015
Federal Way, WA—The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) announced today its collaboration with the Richmond, VA-based health information technology firm, LivingMatrix, to create a web application that will automate the formerly paper-based process of new patient intake and the creation of the Functional Medicine Timeline and Matrix.
Working to find the root cause of chronic disease requires Functional Medicine practitioners to gather and organize a lot more information about their patients than other providers do. Once gathered, the model relies on two powerful information organization tools, the Functional Medicine Timeline and Matrix, that enable practitioners to decipher the clues provided by patient symptoms, health histories, and biomarkers.
Using the LivingMatrix application, Functional Medicine practitioners may now invite patients to access the library of IFM intake forms online and can follow each patient’s progress in completing the forms through the application’s provider dashboard.
Once completed, the LivingMatrix automatically applies the logic devised by IFM to map each patient’s information into the Functional Medicine Timeline and Matrix. This mapping process is expected to save practitioners hours of valuable time each month. The tool also fills a significant void left by conventional electronic health records by allowing practitioners to edit and add information to each patient’s health narrative over time within the Functional Medicine context supported by LivingMatrix.
The LivingMatrix tool will be unveiled to practitioners at IFM’s Annual International Conference in Austin, Texas, being held on May 28-30, 2015.