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LivingMatrix Launches Practitioner Research Network to Expand and Advance Published Evidence Base for Functional Medicine
Cloud-based Health Information Technology Company Launches Preeminent Research Network in the Field of Personalized and Functional Medicine
RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LivingMatrix, a health information technology company dedicated to broadening access to functional medicine by enhancing the operating efficiency of practitioners, today announced the launch of the LivingMatrix Practitioner Research Network (LM-PRN), a practice-based research network developed to advance the study and research of functional approaches to chronic disease.
“It is essential to strengthen and grow the evidence base to demonstrate the effectiveness of functional medicine in identifying and treating the root cause of chronic conditions and diseases. Proving both the clinical and economic value for patients is also critical.”
The LM-PRN allows practitioners to be efficiently matched with research organizations based on study needs and applies standardized outcome measures to further build the published evidence base for the application of functional medicine in the treatment of chronic disease.
“Though functional medicine is arguably one of the fastest-growing areas of medicine and is well-established as a science-based clinical approach, we recognize the opportunity to expand and advance the published evidence base for personalized and functional medicine,” said Priya Kamani, Founder and CEO of LivingMatrix. “Our goal is to match seasoned practitioners with research organizations and industry partners to make the research process efficient and effective.”
“This is a critical moment for functional medicine, as our innovators and thought leaders work to shape healthcare in the United States and around the world,” said Amy R. Mack, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). “It is essential to strengthen and grow the evidence base to demonstrate the effectiveness of functional medicine in identifying and treating the root cause of chronic conditions and diseases. Proving both the clinical and economic value for patients is also critical.”
A Game-Changing Tool to Further the Field of Functional Medicine
The LivingMatrix Practitioner Research Network will play an integral role in catalyzing the evidence base to demonstrate functional medicine’s effectiveness in identifying and treating the root cause of chronic conditions and diseases—proving both the clinical and economic value for patients.
Through the LM-PRN, practitioners can:
- Access clinical trials sponsored by industry partners advancing functional medicine evidence
- Find expert assistance in the development and publication of case reports from their practice
- Access a highly-customizable research platform to execute a wide range of study designs and partner-specific study protocols
- Innovate how real-world data is collected and presented to drive utility to practitioners and patients
- Track improvements of overall patient health status and clinical course with validated research instruments
- Promote expert-credentialed status on the LivingMatrix platform
The LM-PRN addresses challenges to effective research by providing the efficient identification of suitable practices and practitioners based on study needs; practitioner adherence to the functional medicine model; standardized data collection and built-in patient-reported outcomes measures, such as PROMIS-10; and customizable options for study forms and reports—all on a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform.
An Updated Platform for the Specific Needs of Functional Medicine Practitioners
In tandem with the debut of LM-PRN, the LivingMatrix platform has been enhanced to facilitate the collection and visualization of objective measures, metrics and diagnostics for clinical care and for research, including:
- Incorporation of PROMIS-10 Global Health Measures into the application
- Trending and visualization of the Multiple Symptom Questionnaire (MSQ) scores to provide objective measures of patient progress over time
- Tracking and visualization of vitals and key metrics like weight, BMI and blood pressure
- A medication and supplement timeline that allows easy visual tracking of medications and supplements
- Lab integration beta, which allows practices to order labs and receive results through LivingMatrix
“Evidence-based and clinically proven, functional medicine is driving critical systems changes,” added Mack. “We are enthusiastic about the potential for the LivingMatrix Practitioner Research Network to contribute significantly to this work.”
Research organizations or industry participants interested in conducting research studies utilizing the LM-PRN or applying for membership can contact Dr. Priya Kamani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practitioners interested in joining the network can visit www.livingmatrix.com/lm-prn.
About Functional Medicine
Functional medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment and lifestyle choices. Functional medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web. For more information about IFM, please visit www.functionalmedicine.org.
LivingMatrix is the leading cloud-based, clinician-designed functional medicine platform, helping over 600 functional medicine practitioners in 18 countries engage patients in high-quality, personalized, therapeutic partnerships to effectively address chronic conditions at scale. The LivingMatrix Timeline and Functional Medicine Matrix deliver a unique engagement process, and visual patterns provide a comprehensive picture of a patient’s health and conditions over a lifetime. Patients are able to gain back as many as three office visits, so practitioners can focus on building the relationship and/or treatment, not a manual intake process. The result is a faster time to healthy, life-changing outcomes and an increase in patient referrals for the practice. Learn more at livingmatrix.com.
Priya Kamani in Inc. Magazine
LivingMatrix Founder and CEO Priya Kamani shares her recent inspiration.
Published May 15, 2018
“It hooked me in its effort to answer one single question: ‘Why does my foot hurt?’ The path to that answer, like all health-related journeys, combines the physical, mental, spiritual and cultural realms. For me, it was less about the activity of running and more of an organic odyssey about overcoming perceived limitations and self-imposed barriers to tap into your inner super-human.”
-Priya Kamani, M.D., founder and CEO of Living Matrix, a patient information management system for personalized and functional medicine which claims has established the largest database for personalized and functional medicine research in the world
Read the full article on Inc.com
The Institute For Functional Medicine Multiplies Practitioner Efficiency Through New Collaboration With LivingMatrix
Federal Way, WA, Tuesday, May 26 — 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.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of a remarkable application that helps integrate core IFM tools such as the Timeline and Matrix into the Functional Medicine Operating System in a unique and user-friendly way. The LivingMatrix application exemplifies how creative innovators who understand both Functional Medicine and the needs of today’s practitioners can build something exciting to engage patients in telling a complete and clear story of their health history,” says IFM CEO Laurie Hofmann, MPH. She adds “Designed to assist with the intake process and to improve the organization and interpretation of patient data, the LivingMatrix is the kind of tool that can help to streamline clinical practice and advance the adoption of Functional Medicine throughout the healthcare community.”
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.
For More Information: www.functionalmedicine.org
About The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM): IFM is the global leader in Functional Medicine. The mission of IFM is to serve the highest expression of individual health through the widespread adoption of Functional Medicine as the standard of care.
LivingMatrix is a Richmond, Virginia-based health information technology firm dedicated to broadening access to Functional Medicine by enhancing the operating efficiency of practitioners. For additional information, please visit livingmatrix.com.
Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional Medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web. For more information about IFM, please visit www.functionalmedicine.org.
The Digital Future Of The Functional-Medicine Timeline And Matrix
Functional-medicine practitioners have described the timeline and matrix as “invaluable” for developing individualized treatment plans. At a glance, these documents enable a physician to see how a patient’s disparate symptoms connect, how they reflect issues within broader physiological systems, and how two patients with the same diagnosis might be served by entirely different treatments.
Meanwhile, managing patient paperwork is time consuming for physicians who are already pressed for time. This motivated a company called LivingMatrix (livingmatrix.com) to partner with the Institute for Functional Medicine to develop digital versions of the functional timeline and matrix, designed to “streamline and automate the paper intake process.”
This is how it works: Before their first appointment with a functional-medicine practitioner, patients receive an invitation to fill out an online health questionnaire. The cloud-based software then automatically maps the information into the timeline and matrix. This enables the doctor to review the patient’s answers and meet him at the first appointment with the beginnings of fully populated documents in hand, prepared to dive deeper into his health issues and discuss individualized treatment approaches.
Priya Kamani, MD, is the CEO and founder of LivingMatrix. She was motivated to make the tools more widely available to other physicians after her first encounters with functional medicine as a patient.
“I have had my own fairly significant health issues and, in spite of being a physician myself, was resigned to suffer through them — until I started working with functional-medicine practitioners,” she explains.
“Seeing the amazing results led me to learn more about functional medicine. During the IFM training I was able to appreciate the power of the tools and was inspired to help take them to the next level. By digitizing them, practitioners are able to save time and help more patients.”
The digital version of the functional-medicine matrix won’t replace the initial interview — the physician will still need to ask follow-up questions to get a full picture of the factors playing into the patient’s health struggles — but it will allow doctor and patient to hit the ground running rather than starting cold at their first appointment. And if more patients with health struggles are being treated as whole persons by functional practitioners, rather than being reduced to their symptoms and diagnoses, that could make a lot of people feel a whole lot better.
“The LivingMatrix Practitioner Research Network is the advancement that the entire functional medicine industry has been waiting on for years and years.”
Director of Industry Strategy, Institute for Functional Medicine