Revolutionizing Cancer Screening | Jeff Timbrook

" With Thynk Health’s uniquely advanced technology, our algorithms are rapidly customized to learn and analyze each organization and providers own style of reporting. "

Jeff Timbrook

CEO

Thynk Health

Jeff Timbrook, CEO, of Thynk Health has been a leader in the Healthcare IT industry for more than 25 years with a proven ability to build, lead, and motivate high-performance teams. Joining Thynk Health in 2018, Jeff was given the opportunity to take a small start-up with a big, innovative idea to market. Helping the founders shape a team, Jeff prepared Thynk Health tod manage the large-scale growth and innovation that would drive the success of their state-of-the-art cancer screening and incidental findings management solution. Jeff’s experience in managing high-growth businesses suited him to shape the emergence of Thynk Health on the national scale. Under his guidance, Thynk Health has grown to become a market leader with one of largest customer shares in North America’s Lung Cancer Screening Software Market within 18 months (Data Bridge Market Research).

Healthcare systems have the tools and treatments to beat cancer today, but manual processes and disparate data create obstacles to screen and diagnose at-risk patients. Cancer goes undetected and untreated often due to the time-consuming data entry that accompanies screenings. Disconnected data and records allow people to slip through the cracks of complex cancer screening systems. Deep machine learning and artificial intelligence tools help automate the reportingo bring those patients to view of the clinical staff. Automated communications to patients and providers notify patients of their screening results and appointments to improve the continuum of care.

Located in Kentucky, Thynk Health operates from a region experiencing some of the highest rates of lung cancer in the nation. The team at Thynk Health had witnessed first-hand how manual, human entry of patient data was limiting the scalability of screening programs and was prone to error resulting in inaccurate and incomplete information. Frustrated with the inefficiencies surrounding lung cancer screening, a team of radiologists were determined to make a better solution and Thynk Health was born. Today, the complete cancer screening and incidental finding management solution,designed by radiologists and frontline physicians, provides the advanced technology hospitals require to identify and screen more at-risk patients, to help providers save time and energy lost on manual paperwork through hyper automation, and to ensure patients no longer slip through the many cracks of complex health systems. While Thynk Health initially focused on lung screening, under Jeff’s leadership, they have expanded across multiple modalities providing deep learning and hyper-automation to track patient nodules within entire populations of patients.

Thynk Health’s advanced, EHR-agnostic technology operates in the background of health systems core information technologies, using artificial intelligence and state-of-the-art deep learning technology to extract data from radiology reports, pathology reports, surgical notes, clinical notes, and unstructured and structured data sources to create a complete patient profile. This is an important differentiator in Thynk Health’s technology, there is absolutely no change to the provider workflow as you will see in many systems requiring findings to be tagged in a certain way. “With Thynk Health’s uniquely advanced technology, our algorithms are rapidly customized to learn and analyze each organization and provider’s own style of reporting, so then both structured and unstructured data can be mined to identify at-risk patients, incidental findings, pulmonary nodules, and other imperative information,” says Jeff. “Just one example is how we help nurse navigators format and submit patients to the ACR Lung Screening Registry. This is required for providers to meet quality reporting to receive Medicare CT lung cancer screening payment. Prior to implementing our software, nurse navigators were spending 25-30 minutes combing through patient medical records to complete the registry form and submit. Thynk Health, operating within the EHR and other health data systems, automatically extracts the needed information and formats it for the ACR Lung Screening Registry submission.” The nurse navigator can click on the patient, review the data and submit with one-click.

According to Jeff, COVID-19 has created new challenges for cancer screening, in many cases, delaying screenings by several months and creating more difficulty for administrative and scheduling teams. Thynk Health’s cancer screening solution, tracks all screening follow-up, and downstream follow-up appointments. “Utilizing worklists, our solution prevents patients from falling through the cracks and ensures the success of lung cancer screening programs post COVID-19,” adds Jeff. “By parsing all pre-existing EHR and ACR data, organizations can automatically determine patients that may have been affected by the timing of COVID-19, send automated communications to patients and providers, and track all rescheduled appointments, ensuring every patient stays on track when safe to resume.” Thynk Health’s ability to access data through our EMR/EHR-agnostic platform allows us to identify patients who may have had an interval CT chest or PE protocol, and automatically identify nodules that may have been overlooked in the EMR, or update eligibility for their next screening.

Testimonial

“One of the great things that Thynk Health has provided us has been monthly feedback. Having objective feedback that tells us what’s working and what’s not working has been key to us making decisions not just at a yearly level, but at a monthly level. Each month we get on the phone, they come on site, and look at our data critically, constantly looking for opportunities. Without that type of data analysis you don’t really know what you’re doing well and what needs to change. In order to implement the lung cancer screening programs the quickest, you almost need to be able to make those decisions on a monthly basis.”

– Dr. Robert Headrick Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Regional Hospital