Better data, better care

CléMetric software aims to help doctors be better physicians.

From the pages of In Business magazine.

Haitian-born Gergens Polynice, the co-founder of CléMetric, is focused on healthier outcomes in Madison and in his native country.

CléMetric is a software company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and other computing technologies to improve the delivery of health care, and Polynice has enlisted a little help from a friend. After earning his masters and Ph.D. at UW–Madison, Polynice contacted his friend and now-business partner, Sharath Cholleti, who was a scientist at Emory University in Atlanta at the time.

Working with Emory University, Polynice and Cholleti began analyzing the constant flow of patient data collected in a hospital intensive care unit. Taking into account the huge amount of health information being monitored, they developed software that can provide physicians with a real-time snapshot of a patient’s health.

“In a nutshell, we provide situational awareness to the doctors which allows them to care for the patient better,” states Polynice.

Instant access to that real-time information can help medical personnel predict the probability of a patient’s worsening condition or their chances for re-admittance to a hospital, Polynice says, and that, in turn, can help save on hospital costs. (Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are penalized for readmissions).

“When you’re collecting heart rate or blood pressure data in real time, the difference between one beat and another can tell you a lot and help predict if someone is about to go into cardiac arrest, for example,” Polynice explains.

The real-time view can also help prevent cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia, he adds. “There’s a lot of information coming from the ventilator to tell you whether or not it’s clean or to alert you to change a filter or change the position of the patient even before their health worsens.”

Patient health data is collected by devices hospitals use every day to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, and countless other physiological records. “That information is going somewhere,” Polynice explains, “and that’s what we collect.” In addition, data from the patient’s electronic health record provides information about current medications, past visits, and demographics to present a multifaceted view of a patient’s condition.

“With all of that information in front of them, doctors can make better decisions regarding patient care,” Polynice explains. They can also compare a patient’s current data to that collected just minutes, hours, or days earlier. “That makes a huge difference in terms of patient care.”

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Polynice describes CléMetric’s data platform as “agnostic” because of its potential to be used across industries, from insurance to social media. “If people are tweeting about catching a cold or flu virus, the data can help analyze the content of the tweets to determine what’s going on in different parts of the country.” For now, CléMetric’s focus is on health care.

Polynice and Cholleti have bootstrapped the company thus far. “We sold some licenses and had a partnership with IBM that opened some doors for us to market the product internationally,” Polynice notes. “So far it’s self-funded, but we’re more confident from a market and product standpoint that we won’t lose people’s money so we can look for funding to expand.” With 10 employees, they have no plans to leave Madison; by next year they’d like to see the company triple in size.

“Madison offers one of the best opportunities in terms of talent, resources, and it’s a great health-care hub. We’d want any new employees to come to Madison, but we can also do a lot of work remotely, even with international customers.” That’s been the case with a customer in Singapore.

While he’s excited about CléMetric’s future potential, it may pale in comparison to the social impacts Polynice is having in his native country of Haiti.

He serves on the board of Baraboo-based Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, an organization that provides surgery, eye, dental, and primary health care to the Haitian people.

Several years ago, he founded PolyUltra Consulting with his four brothers who have since returned to Haiti. The group’s first business, a water purification and ice plant with a sustainable agriculture component, was built in less than six months (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYBdv2uPUWQ). Several other businesses have followed and currently account for 85 full-time and 30 part-time jobs, and business proceeds have provided scholarships to more than 150 Haitian children.

“For some of these folks, their lives changed completely,” Polynice admits. “That’s probably one of the most gratifying things that we’ve done.”

CléMetric
510 Charmany Drive #175M
Madison, WI 53719
608.514.7975 | clemetric.com

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