Humetrix Launches Cross-Platform iBlueButton(R) Mobile Apps Enabling Patient-Physician Exchange of Health Records Between Apple and Android Devices
DEL MAR, CA, Feb 21, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Humetrix today introduced cross- platform capability for its
award-winning iBlueButton(R) apps, enabling consumers and physicians
for the first time to securely exchange health records and other
clinical information at the point of care, regardless of whether they
use an iPhone(R), iPad(R) or Android smartphone.
Today, more than 70 million Americans are able to use the iBlueButton
consumer app for mobile access and sharing of their Blue Button
online health records, provided by patient portals that have adopted
the Federal Blue Button initiative. These include Medicare
beneficiaries, veterans, active-duty military and their families,
Aetna plan enrollees, and patients using RelayHealth. And the number
of iBlueButton users is growing fast, driven by the increase in plans
offering Blue Button access and the rise in smartphone users.
The iOS iBlueButton consumer and physician apps, which won the
federal government's Blue Button(R) Mash-Up Industry Innovation
Challenge, are available on iTunes. The new iBlueButton Android App
for consumers is available on the Google Play store.
"iBlueButton puts patients' health in their own hands and, in doing
so, not only solves the problem of having your health records when
and where they're needed, but dramatically improves patient-physician
communication at the point of care," said Bettina Experton, MD,
President and CEO of Humetrix and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at
the University of California San Diego.
iBlueButton is ideally designed to improve patients' engagement with
their physicians and help address the critical issues of preventable
medical errors and wasteful spending that studies say plague American
healthcare. The federal Institute of Medicine has issued a call to
reduce the annual toll of 100,000 preventable deaths and $700 billion
in wasteful spending within our healthcare system, caused mainly by a
lack of up-to-date patient information at the point of care. Every
year, 1.5 million Americans are injured by adverse drug events or
medication errors, in large part because physicians lack access to
their complete list of medications when prescribing another drug.
Recent reports indicate that the public and private health
information exchanges (HIE) established to help solve these problems
fall far short of the vision of an integrated patient record that can
facilitate care as patients move between care providers and different
The Mobile Solution for Health Information Exchange
Humetrix believes the key to the HIE problem lies in using the power
of mobility to let patients take their own health information with
them wherever they go. iBlueButton accomplishes this by providing app
users anywhere-anytime access to their Blue Button health records
with an up-to-date medical history to share with any physician or
caregiver. For Medicare patients, iBlueButton goes even further by
automatically parsing and decoding Medicare's Blue Button text files
into plain English, drawing on eight different data sources including
the National Library of Medicine. iBlueButton then displays the
decoded information in organized tables that are easy for patients
and physicians to navigate.
iBlueButton also provides contextual information such as real-time
access to drug information -- including chemical name, manufacturer
and side effects -- delivering a quick, valuable reference for
consumers, for instance, when a drug has been recalled. It also
generates warnings on the iBlueButton Professional app, for
physicians, whenever patients have noted side effects or are not
taking a prescribed medication.
During a doctor's visit, a patient using the new iBlueButton
cross-platform app can "push" their records directly from their
Android smartphone (or iPhone) to their physician's iPad with the
novel use of QR (Quick Response) codes. iBlueButton automatically
generates a QR code on the patient's device, which then can be
scanned by their physician using the iBlueButton Professional app.
This single-use QR code mediates the transmission of the patient's
complete Blue Button medical record. Physicians can then view the
record and attach it to their practice's electronic health record
In a single display, the physician can see the patient's problem
list, medications, prior hospitalizations, Emergency Department and
outpatient treatments, and imaging records. A visit summary is also
provided so physicians in other health systems can review the
patient's record, which is critical to ensure continuity of care or
in emergency situations.
"A recent RAND study found that even though there has been a
substantial increase in health IT adoption since 2005, the quality
and efficiency of care has improved only marginally," said Dr.
Experton. "By taking advantage of the Federal Blue Button initiative
and one of the most powerful tools that patients and their families
own -- their smartphones -- iBlueButton enables a quick and secure
exchange of critical health information to help improve the safety
and effectiveness of the care received."
San Diego-based Humetrix has been pioneering the development of
innovative consumer-centered mobile technology applications over the
past 15 years which have been deployed around the world. In
healthcare, Humetrix' mobile health solutions are now applied to
optimize new health care delivery models by allowing healthcare
providers and their patients to automatically and securely access and
exchange individual on-line records with the use of mobile devices.
Patient-centered and individually controlled, Humetrix mobile health
solutions offer easy to use and immediately implementable
consumer-mediated exchange solutions to deliver more cost-effective
coordinated health care. For more information, visit
www.Humetrix.com. For more information on Humetrix's iBlueButton
platform of health information exchange apps, winner of the Office of
the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology's Blue
Button Mashup Challenge, visit www.ibluebutton.com.
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