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MyMedicalRecords to Debut new PHR Smartphone and Tablet Apps at HIMSS 2012

MMRGlobal, the company behind MyMedicalRecords.com, announced today that it plans to debut new smartphone and tablet applications at the 2012 HIMSS conference in Las Vegas February 20-24.

The new apps being showcased are its MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record (PHR) and Emergency View Portal applications, which both work across smartphones and tablets running Android.  Last week we covered the launch of the MyMedicalRecords prepaid PHR card that was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, which features what the company calls a “Lifeline telephone number.”   In the case of the prepaid PHR service, these Lifeline numbers are used to allow one’s physicians to send in health records and other information which are then centralized in a single PHR.

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Doctor & Dentist Scheduling App ZocDoc Raises $25M From Goldman Sachs, Total Raised Now $95M

ZocDoc, a native and mobile Web app that allows users to find and schedule appointments with doctors and dentists, has announced a $25M series C investment from Goldman Sachs, raising total series C funding to $75M and the total raised to date a healthy $95M.

ZocDoc takes the concept of finding a local physician and scheduling an appointment to the next level.  The company’s suite of apps allows users to research and find doctors and other clinicians that accept their insurance the platform integrates seamlessly with doctors’ calendars in real-time, allowing for patients to schedule appointments in real-time.

The app relies on the fact that it ties into the so-called “hidden availability” of doctors, such as the 10 to 20 percent of appointments that are cancelled or rescheduled at the last minute.  It’s like Hotwire.com for docotors’ appointments.  Doctors pay $250/mo to use the service and it’s free for consumer use.

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Study: Simple Reminder Calls Significantly Increase Patient Compliance

We talk a lot about mobile reminders within healthcare as a simple but highly effective tool for increasing compliance with everything from medication adherence to doctor’s appointments.  A study recently published by the University Health Network out of Toronto helps reaffirm the effectiveness of the concept.

The University carried out a one-year clinical trial of BP monitors for patients with diabetic hypertension to see how reminder systems can truly impact compliance.  A total of 110 patients were used in the study with each receiving a home BP monitor and a Blackberry smartphone to transmit data back to researchers.  However, only 55 in the experimental group received a special app that provided reminder calls when they didn’t measure their BP at least three times per week.  Those in the control group had a monitor, but were simply asked to take readings, with no automatic follow-up.

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