Patientory is a new healthcare mobile app that allows users to connect into the world of healthcare just by creating one simple profile. The main focus of the app is to track the health history of the user from the time of birth. The biggest benefits of using Patientory are the features and the confidence it provides users in taking care of their health and well-being through a mobile app. Below is our interview with Chrissa McFarlane, Founder of Patientory:
Q: Chrissa, how would you describe Patientory in your own words?
A: Patientory is a one-stop shop healthcare application that allows users to connect into the world of healthcare just by creating one simple profile. The main focus of the app is to track the health history of the user from the time of birth. It will store everything from immunizations, medical appointments, diagnoses and insurance policy history. It is giving the patient autonomy to have the state of their health in their own hands.
Q: What are the biggest benefits of using Patientory?
A: The biggest benefits of using Patientory are the features and the confidence it provides users in taking care of their health and well-being through a mobile app. A recent Rock Health survey concluded “consumers tend to find and download their own health apps rather than follow a specific recommendation from a healthcare provider or another third party.” 73% of respondents with smartphones and health apps also discovered and downloaded a health app on their own through an app store or online compared with 22% who downloaded an app because of a recommendation from a family or friend, 16% from a healthcare provider and 7% from an insurance company.
Currently an app does not exist providing the patient with a 360 degree review of their health all while plugging into the healthcare system to connect with physicians, pay medical bills and gain insightful health information. It’s definitely a more convenient way to keep track of your health and for families your child’s health instead of rummaging through a pile of paper.
Q: How is the response to Patientory so far?
A: It has been very positive. Over five thousand potential users inquired about the site in less than 3 weeks of launching without support of advertising and publicity. We expect this number to increase drastically by 1000x to reflect registered users once the app becomes available in 2016.
Q: What can we expect from you in 2016?
A: 2016 we expect to see continued user growth with Patientory, expansion of platform features such as insurance enrollment as well as partnerships with other healthcare apps, specifically the “Ubers” of Healthcare. Many new startups such as Pager provide cost efficient Doctor house calls. Not having access to a full review of a patient’s medical history for diagnoses can prove detrimental to a patient’s health. Currently, 20% of preventable medical errors are caused by the lack of immediate access to health information. Having access to every EHR system in the country can be very expensive in order to gather every patient’s health data and more demanding for the physician.
Q: How would you convince the reader to start using Patientory?
A: There is a famous quote that says “Need is the driving force, Need makes people better…”
I am a firm believer that any necessity does not need convincing. A recent article stated “as healthcare organizations scramble to meet the progressively more ambitious data exchange thresholds of Meaningful Use (MU), many are focusing on electronic health record (EHR) integration projects for improved flow of clinical data to enable better care coordination across the healthcare continuum.” By simply connecting this flow with the patient, we will continue to move forward to a progressively and improved patient-centric system of conducting healthcare in the US and globally.