Yale researchers launch Hugo health IT platform

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A team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Health System have partnered to launch Hugo, a new cloud-based health IT platform that allows users to acquire their own health data for participation in studies.

Researchers say Hugo gives people a secure way to access their electronic health records from a variety of healthcare systems, synchronizing their data with a large research database. There are features that allow users to contribute additional information through wearing certain devices and providing answers to questionnaires.

“This could be a game changer,” Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, the Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, director of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, and a Hugo developer, said in  a prepared statement. “Hugo harnesses the very latest in digital health technology and puts patients in the center, making them true research partners.”

“We believe this is going to be a new era of discovery,” Robert J. Alpern, MD, dean of the Yale School of Medicine, said in the same statement. “It’s going to ensure that we’re doing research better, less expensively, and in a way that fully respects and honors those who participate.”

The first research study to use Hugo will focus on “hospital readmission and emergency department use after hospital discharge.” The Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Yale Medical Group are all assisting the Yale School of Medicine with the study.