The reach of technological innovation continues to grow, changing all industries as it evolves. In healthcare, technology is increasingly playing a role in almost all processes, from patient registration to data monitoring, from lab tests to self-care tools. Also, to improve care as well as lower healthcare costs, Nautilus learned that technology had an important role in achieving it. Nautilus Medical is on a mission to deliver a compliant solution with an efficient workflow that is adaptable to any clinical environment. “We believe we can have a positive influence on healthcare by delivering our platform to as many users as possible including patients,” said Mr. Timothy Kelley, President and CEO of Nautilus Medical. Nautilus Medical software is used by many hundreds of hospitals around the world including 32 of the top 50 medical centers in the US, including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Cleveland Clinic, and more.
Mr. Kelley recalls how Nautilus had once helped Cleveland Clinictransfer a cardiology study to another site in southern Ohio, to aid in urgent medical situations. The clinic was trained on how to use the Nautilus peer-to-peer exchange platform. The platform, by facilitating the transfer of about 4GB of study data in less than fifteen minutes, was able to save a patient’s life. “It was a great success,” Mr. Kelley noted. “We hope to hear many more anecdotal stories in the future as the growth continues.”
He went on to say how clinics and other healthcare institutions used other tools and inefficient methods like disc burning applications to store and transfer volumes of data. Nautilus decided to change this and they found ways – to save money over burning CDs, printing film and mailing discs – which Mr. Kelley said are “subtle nuances that make a huge difference”. Nautilus’ solutions can convert radiology image files into a universal format regardless of the OEM that acquired them. This wouldn’t just avoid unnecessary duplicate rescans (because it is hard to track down specific patient details in the current system), but will also have a tremendous impact on the cost, thus greatly benefiting many patients.
Explaining further, Mr. Kelley gave us an example of how this technique helped a popular referral center for breast cancer patients to import studies and other patient-related documents like scans to a universal platform powered by Nautilus’ technology. “They challenged us to the ability to make them universal upon import, and we succeeded on every prior disc they had. Not only did this site become a customer, but they referred to many others as well. Now they use our system to move studies directly into their system through our platform,” Mr. Kelley explained.
Nautilus’s secure system for exchange and transfer of patients’ medical data was inspired by that of Jeep’s – a car manufacturer – a peer-to-peer system that provided its cars protection with the help of hardware signatures and private keys for every user. This also tells us that Nautilus did not choose the most widely-adopted HTTPS method in which the data is uploaded or downloaded via the cloud and user authentication managed through credentials.
At the same time, Nautilus likes to add the most trending as well as the essential Artificial Intelligence to its solutions. “AI will have a quick impact as an adjunct tool for better support in clinical decision making. This is indisputable. Some of this is due to the volumetric size of data sets that would take too long for a person to go through and analyze. AI has already helped define and speed up the process of narrowing or dispelling certain paths in diagnosis and prognosis,” Mr. Kelley opined. Giving us an example, Mr. Kelley spoke about a module Nautilus is developing for predicting cesarean section for OB patients. He also said that AI will help eliminate human sensitivity in decision makings during critical situations. AI, according to Mr. Kelley, “makes sure what is best for a particular patient in a particular set of circumstances. Overall, it must be embraced and added to the decision paradigm.”
Nautilus basically offers a robust platform for the purpose of consolidating, universal formatting, and redistribution of patient images and results. Their platform addresses the most crucial problem in healthcare today – the problem that cannot be resolved by EMR or PACS, said the CEO. “It takes a platform like ours to manage this process as a non-biased third party.” Nautilus offers a pay-per-use license, and also annual subscriptions to meet any level of need.
And Their Customers
“Every Nautilus customer is treated like a high-value professional that needs to solve mission-critical issues within their radiology environment,” Mr. Kelley began. He thanks his customers for understanding their consistent pursuit of tackling the medical imaging problems day in and day out. “Nautilus will provide a level of service combined with the delivery of feature-rich and user-friendly platforms that build long-lasting dependence and trust,” the CEO stated confidently.
Changing workflows isn’t an easy job when it comes to the healthcare industry. Hence, technology adoption in this field is at a snail’s pace. This situation has also paved the way for many weak companies emerging in the market promising to solve problems that the healthcare industry is currently facing. With that said, today’s healthcare technology has also introduced us to amazing tools for diagnosis and surgery, preventive medicines, for example. Nautilus’ technology, however, goes an extra mile by significantly “reducing cost in multiple facets, from unnecessary rescans, speed to care, ubiquity and access to data, lower upfront costs, and more,” Mr. Kelley said. “We aim to solve healthcare’s greatest problems with great platforms that deliver great value."
President and CEO of Nautilus, Timothy Kelley
Chicago-born Timothy Kelley is an experienced business planner with extensive experience in marketing products in the medical arena. His vast experience in the industry led him to help TDK Electronics build a medical division, which focused on radiology recording of images on TDK-based media. He then promoted the sales and marketing of the CDs that contained these medical images, in both America as well as Europe. Also, the establishment of key OEM partnerships with GE, Siemens, and Philips had put TDK Medical products at the forefront of this market.
After TDK Medical, Mr. Kelley founded Nautilus Medical – a radiological recording and media company – with intent to develop medical recording software. He applied his expertise on creating a platform to replace CDs, to record patient information, from hospital visits to scans to surgeries, to aid disparate EMR and clinical systems with a complete history of patients. Nautilus has developed the most secure, efficient, and cost-effective method of electronic exchange. And Mr. Kelley will not rest until the company fulfills its vision of becoming the de facto standard of medical information distribution for professionals and patients.
“We believe we can have a positive influence on healthcare by delivering our platform to as many users as possible including patients.”
“Nautilus will provide a level of service combined with the delivery of feature-rich and user-friendly platforms that build long-lasting dependence and trust.”