Physicians are often forced to treat patients based on incomplete, inaccurate data. After a visit, patients often leave with an incomplete or inaccurate understanding of the doctor’s instructions. The lack of insights by both provider and patient into the actual condition often leads to ineffective and costly care. Meaningful use requirements designed to address some of these shortcomings and promote patient engagement have been met by limited success.
At uncleCare, we are developing patient-centered mobile apps bridging the gap between EHR systems and patient needs. Our uJournal app helps patients adhere to doctors’ instructions and present factual data fostering doctors’ insights into treatment effectiveness, via bidirectional flow of vital information.
Prior to the visit, the patient uses uJournal to collect information, including measurements (BP, weights, etc.), medications, and symptoms. Questions to be asked in person are also recorded, as they arise.
During the visit, uJournal provides the doctor with interactive graphical views of patient data, for quick assessment, facilitating informed decision-making. Patient’s questions can be addressed, with the doctor’s recommendations recorded into the EHR and ultimately shared with the patient, via the app.
After the visit, the patient can review the recommendations, in the comfort of their own home, set up reminders and notifications for follow through, and later request prescription refills. In addition, uJournal empowers caregivers, including family members, in their coaching role, with notifications of out-of-bounds situations and periodic status updates.
Our mission is to convert patients into partners in their own health care.