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UCSF and Harvard Trained Doctor Joins DoctorBase as Chief Medical Officer

Zachary Landman Brings Familial Roots to the Future of mHealth

San Francisco, CA (June 11, 2013) — DoctorBase, a leading mobile solution provider for medical practices, today announced that Dr. Zachary Landman has joined the company as its Chief Medical Officer. The addition of Landman provides DoctorBase with an expert voice to help guide the development of new technologies in the emerging field of mHealth-as-a-Service (mHaaS).

mHaaS technology alleviates common financial pressures on small medical practices by readily making available services that help increase patient volume and revenue. BlueMail, DoctorBase’s flagship service, monetizes typically uncompensated patient communications such as email and text. By employing the software-as-a-service model, mHaaS allows healthcare providers to begin using and benefiting from these technologies with little or no capital investment.

“Both my parents’ practices had to sell to larger health groups, effectively turning them from small business owners to employees. mHaaS technology would’ve given them another option,” said Landman. “I’ve seen first-hand the benefits of using DoctorBase solutions to communicate securely with my colleagues and believe in harnessing the power of technology to help small practices stay in business while continuing to provide the high level of care their patients have and can continue to expect to receive.”

Landman is a former Orthopaedic surgery resident at Harvard Medical School where he covered Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospitals. While there, he developed a curriculum for first year surgical residents and helped form a surgeon based charity to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco where he published original research in Spine, Pediatrics, Sports Medicine, and Advanced Imaging.

“Zach has deep roots in healthcare,” said John Sung Kim, CEO of DoctorBase. “His insight into how features like BlueMail can grow medical practices will be invaluable to our team.”

About DoctorBase

DoctorBase has a patent pending multi-tenant mobile platform and is one of the fastest growing Health 2.0 companies as measured by doctor and patient acquisition. Its mHealth-as-a-Service allows patients and healthcare providers to easily communicate through mobile devices with security, auditability and reimbursement.

June 17, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

New York eHealth Collaborative Partners with Health 2.0 to Launch Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge

Challenge calls designers and developers to submit prototypes for a New York State online patient portal for health records – to be judged via public voting.

Deadline for submission is April 11th­

January 15, 2013 (New York, NY) – The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), in partnership with the leading health technology catalyst, Health 2.0, invites designers and developers to participate in the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge with $25,000 in prizes. Starting today, designers and developers can submit prototypes for a statewide patient portal for New Yorkers —a website for patients to access their medical records online. The top portal interface designs will be chosen and voted upon by New Yorkers after the April 11th deadline.

Developers will have 11 weeks to work on and then submit a design for the Patient Portal Challenge. To guarantee patient privacy during the design challenge, developers and designers will be given a test patient data set to build their applications. They will not have access to actual health records. Once all of the submissions are received on April 11th, the New York public will be invited to vote on their favorite designs from April 11-21. The designs with the strongest responses will be invited to present their project at two different demo days—one in New York City in April and another at a location upstate in early May.  A winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

After the Challenge, NYeC will work with a vendor to build the portal and run it on behalf of the state of New York via its health information exchange network.

“This is a chance for developers and designers to advance healthcare for all 20 million New Yorkers. A portal of this size and scope has never before existed,” says David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “Through our Design Challenge, we hope to inspire applicants to develop truly creative and user-friendly applications. We look forward to seeing all submissions, and eventually building this portal so patients throughout the state have full access to their health records.”

The patient portal mock-ups are required to include features that will allow patients to log on with a username and password to see their health records online safely and securely. Once logged in, patients will see a full layout of their health records, and also have access to a list of medical professionals, such as their family doctor, who have accessed their health records. The Patient Portal for New Yorkers will also provide an extensive overview of patient privacy rights, and address any privacy concerns a patient might have about Electronic Medical Records and Health IT in general.

“Health 2.0 is excited to be partnering with NYeC on this innovative challenge to design the first statewide patient portal for New York,” said Jean-Luc Neptune, Senior Vice President of Health 2.0. “The winners will not only make a tremendous contribution to the development of a patient portal that reaches nearly 20 million people, but also gain significant exposure and recognition for their achievement through participation in the challenge.”

The patient portal also compliments the information available through the Blue Button, a knowledge tool being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that helps users download their personal health information.  NYeC has proudly taken HHS’ “Blue Button Pledge” and supports the use of the Blue Button to empower “individuals to be partners in their health through health IT” in an effort to build on the Blue Button’s success in improving care coordination for veterans by giving them easy access to their health data.

“We are excited about the steps that NYeC is taking to launch the patient portal and support their commitment to helping make patients’ information available to them,” said Lygeia Ricciardi, Director of the Consumer eHealth Office at HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. “Providing patients and consumers with access to their own healthcare records is what the Blue Button pledge is all about.”

For more information on the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge, and to submit a prototype by April 11th, please visit http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/new-york-state-patient-portal-challenge/

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. For more information about NYeC, visit www.nyehealth.org and @NYeHealth on Twitter.

About Health 2.0: The conference. The media network. The Innovation Community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is a series of prize competitions promoting health technology innovation. Health 2.0 also has its own media channels, Health 2.0 News and Health 2.0 TV; its own market intelligence service, Health 2.0 Advisors; and also sponsors the Health 2.0 Accelerator industry consortium. Health 2.0 was founded by Indu Subaiya & Matthew Holt in 2007 and is now a community of hundreds of organizations and thousands of innovators.

February 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Investing in Innovation: ONC and Health 2.0 Launch EHR Accessibility Module Challenge

Health 2.0 and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are extremely excited to announce the launch of a new Investing in Innovations mobile app challenge, the “EHR Accessibility Module Challenge” aimed at providing people with disabilities with access to their health records.

The 2000 U.S. Bureau of Census indicates that people with disabilities constitute 19.3% of the non-institutionalized population 5 years of age or older. Among adults, individuals with disabilities are four times as likely to report having fair or poor health compared to those without a disability (40% vs. 10%). While this population faces considerable difficulties with accessing and receiving care, health expenditures for people with disabilities are estimated at $400 billion, more than a quarter of all heath expenditures.

Health information technology (HIT) and electronic health records (EHRs) hold great promise in improving the health outcomes and coordination of care for people with disabilities. However, the accessibility and usability of HIT is a matter of serious concern to people of diverse disabilities, including those who have vision, hearing, intellectual, manual dexterity, mental health, developmental and other types of disabilities. Since the disabled population cannot afford to miss out on the multitude of benefits of EHRs, we’re excited to announce the EHR Accessibility Module Challenge, an innovation prize to stimulate solutions to this problem.

Challenge Information: ONC is challenging multidisciplinary teams to create and test a module or application that makes it easy for disabled consumers to access and interact with the health data stored in their EHRs. The application should:

  • Be easy for individuals with disabilities to consume and interact with their health data
  • Be simple to install and learn to use
  • Identify and link to relevant local or online communities and organizations
  • Be able to download data from one or more EHR systems – it does not need to be fully integrated across all systems
  • Leverage and extend NwHIN standards and services including, but not limited to, transport (Direct, web services), content (Transitions of Care, CCD/CCR), and standardized vocabularies
  • Deadline: July 23, 2012
  • Prizes:
  • First Place: $60,000 + demo opportunity
  • Second Place: $20,000
  • Third Place: $5,000
  • If you think you have a great idea that can improve access to health records for the disabled, apply now at www.health2challenge.org!
April 15, 2012 I Written By