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Space Coast Medicine June July 2012 : Page 90

Medical Technology HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE By Keith Malone MyMedWall: Power To the Patient MYMEDWALL is a complete medical “home” for patients and is being likened to a medical Facebook, allowing patients and providers to combine social networking with the exchange of vital healthcare information. est Melbourne-based DoctorsPartner has launched an innovative and exciting new medical social-networking site called MyMedWall for patients wanting to be more pro-active and self-managing for their own medical needs, health and general wellbeing. MyMedWall is a complete medical “home” for patients and is being likened Priyanka to a medical Facebook, allowing patients and providers to combine social networking with the exchange of vital healthcare informa-tion. “My motivation is connection and education and empowerment for the benefi t of all patients – not just my own, ” said Dr. Geetha Priyanka. “Power to the Patient is my mantra. Th is isn’t about commercialisa-tion. I want patients to know as much as they can about what’s out there for them.” Venkatachalam Dr. Priyanka has been practicing as a primary care physician for 14 years, moving to Florida from her native Madras in In-W dia in 1995 as an anaesthatist – before switching to general medicine. Her husband, Naveen Venkatachalam, is a computer systems development ex-pert who’s helped create MyMedWall. Sushoo HIE, DoctorsPartner EMR Fully HIPAA compliant and more secure than internet banking for rea-sons of total patient confi dentiality, Dr. Priyanka believes MyMedWall will revolutionise the way people handle their own medical records and interact with patient forums and self-help groups. Th e benefi ts will bring better health care and cost savings. Dr. Priyanka and Venkatachalam already run the successful Sushoo Health Information Exchange for primary care providers that allows the digital sharing of medical records. Her practice also has the successful DoctorsPartner system her company has developed for Elec-tronic Medical Records, making the storage of and access to her patients’ healthcare notes far more effi cient – allowing her medical staff to devote more time to her patients’ needs. Free, Simple To Navigate During a demonstration at her offi ces, Dr. Priyanka stressed that MyMedWall is free to register and showed how simple it is to navi-gate around the site. Health provid-ers are listed under the full range of health services and a key feature is for patients to be directed to physi-cians’ offi ces as a basic starting point when they connect with providers. Patients enter their complete medical history from basic problems and conditions to their immuniza-tion records. Th e key to MyMed-Wall – what will make it work at its best – is patient volume. Th e more people join, the greater the exchange of information and the greater the interaction for the common good of all the users. THE 411 ON SUSHOO HIE W ith the expertise to serve large and small customers, the Sushoo family has consistently proven their customer focus and commitment to quality. With the track record of having successfully and effi ciently completed proj-ects ranging from several million dollars to several thousand dollars, Susho provides a fl exibility in scaling the services to the size of your organization. They are committed to serving each of their customers with equal attention to detail, to ensure maximum customer satisfaction. 90 CENTRALFLORIDAMEDICINE.COM • JUN/JUL 2012

Medical Technology

Keith Malone

MyMedWall: Power To the Patient

West Melbourne-based DoctorsPartner has launched an innovative and exciting new medical socialnetworking site called MyMedWall for patients wanting to be more proactive and self-managing for their own medical needs, health and general wellbeing.

MyMedWall is a complete medical "home" for patients and is being likened to a medical Facebook, allowing patients and providers to combine social networking with the exchange of vital healthcare information.

"My motivation is connection and education and empowerment for the benefit of all patients - not just my own, " said Dr. Geetha Priyanka.

"Power to the Patient is my mantra. This isn't about commercialisation. I want patients to know as much as they can about what's out there for them."

Dr. Priyanka has been practicing as a primary care physician for 14 years, moving to Florida from her native Madras in India in 1995 as an anaesthatist - before switching to general medicine. Her husband, Naveen Venkatachalam, is a computer systems development expert who's helped create MyMedWall.

Sushoo HIE, DoctorsPartner EMR Fully HIPAA compliant and more secure than internet banking for reasons of total patient confidentiality, Dr. Priyanka believes MyMedWall will revolutionise the way people handle their own medical records and interact with patient forums and self-help groups. The benefits will bring better health care and cost savings.

Dr. Priyanka and Venkatachalam already run the successful Sushoo Health Information Exchange for primary care providers that allows the digital sharing of medical records. Her practice also has the successful DoctorsPartner system her company has developed for Electronic Medical Records, making the storage of and access to her patients' healthcare notes far more efficient - allowing her medical staff to devote more time to her patients' needs.

Free, Simple To Navigate

During a demonstration at her offices, Dr. Priyanka stressed that MyMedWall is free to register and showed how simple it is to navigate around the site. Health providers are listed under the full range of health services and a key feature is for patients to be directed to physicians' offices as a basic starting point when they connect with providers.

Patients enter their complete medical history from basic problems and conditions to their immunization records. The key to MyMed- Wall - what will make it work at its best - is patient volume. Th e more people join, the greater the exchange of information and the greater the interaction for the common good of all the users.

Clinical Continuity Document

The Clinical Continuity Document (CCD) will be produced with MyMedWall as a uniform portable source of information - so patients can pass this on to providers where ever they are - whether moving home, travelling on business or on vacation or whether switching to new physicians.

The CCD will help the interface between patients and providers, and can be printed off as a document and carried around on flash drives.

"The e-sharing of documents and fast-tracking of health information is a fundamental principle of MyMed- Wall," said Dr. Priyanka.

"Patients will grant physicians permission to access their records and will invite other patients to share their experiences, problems and concerns. This will make the whole health world revolve in a far more efficient way - to the total benefit of patients. There are around 50 to 60 personal health record systems currently available. For example, Microsoft has Health World. But what makes MyMedWall outstanding is the high level of social interaction that is available through my system. There will be better choice for patients through better connection and education," said Dr. Priyanka.

MyMedWall Forums & Groups

A feature of MyMedWall is the ability for patients to join support groups and forums which can register. This is useful for the sharing of information, experiences and ideas - and getting answers to questions.

One group stands out- patients with Alzheimers or related conditions. MyMedWall will give them an instant reminder of any information they've recently inserted or require, removing the worry they may forget it through memory loss.

Patients can keep online health diaries, and photos they can upload may include new medical equipment they've seen that they want to share with others. You- Tube and Vimeo links can also be shared. Newspaper and magazine articles can also be photographed or scanned and then uploaded.

Health Chat Online

"There's also the ability to chat online which is a big part of MyMed- Wall's social interaction - but we want the focus to be on health matters, rather than social networking," said Dr. Priyanka.

"MyMedWall is sophisticated with the emphasis totally on medical matters. That is the logic I have."

Her vision is to build one of the leading and most innovative personal health record systems in the US. There will be advertising for health providers and equipment specialists when sufficient volume is attained - but this will not be commercialisation for the sake of it.

For example, McDonald's and Subway may be allowed to come on board - but only to showcase health specials on their menus.

MyMedWall Q&A With Dr. Geetha Priyanka

QUESTION: Why MyMedWall?

DR. PRIYANKA: For some time, the desire has been growing for the nation's healthcare focus to shift from filling hospital beds and patient-doctor encounters based on volume - and to move towards better accountability for patient quality and a far more satisfactory experience.

The catalyst for this has been federal stimulus, health reform laws and the government's urgent need to cut the health budget. So all healthcare providers have been examining and planning how to send and receive vital patient information from beyond the boundaries of their own hospitals and offices.

Patients' participation in the developing of health information exchanges is entirely voluntary. However, patients who understand the many long-term benefits of these health information exchanges - and trust in specific systems that become available to them - are much more likely to participate in and reap the many rewards of a network that provides exceptional enhancement to the continuity of their healthcare.

This is where MyMedWall meets a critical need, by introducing a revolutionary approach that this service can provide for the patients and healthcare providers in our community and - because of its features, functionality and web platform - beyond Brevard communities into Florida and nationwide.

QUESTION: What is MyMedWall?

DR. PRIYANKA: MyMedWall is like a medical Facebook. It's an online 24/7 social networking system for our healthcare community and beyond - with unlimted potential for expansion.

QUESTION: Is it free to register and sign up?

DR. PRIYANKA: Yes, totally. No costs to users - only massive benefits.

QUESTION: Once connected, is it easier for consumers to connect with each other?

DR. PRIYANKA: Yes - very! You get to become part of the social healthcare directory within the whole community. You can participate in patient forums and self-help groups, you can interact to share medical experiences and provide support for one another.

You can exchange and engage information, ideas and concepts. Support groups can register and send out invitations to join.

QUESTION: What about compliance and security?

DR. PRIYANKA: MyMedWall is fully HIPAA compliant and highly secured. More secure even than internet banking and extremely well encrypted.

QUESTION: Will my data be sold?

DR. PRIYANKA: No. Never. MyMedwall may use data for analysis and research purposes - but never by identifying users.

QUESTION: I already use email and fax. Why have yet another communication system?

DR. PRIYANKA: E-mails and faxes are great - but only up to a point. There is no great security, no instant group or forum engagement and there is no way of tracking lost or stolen information with emails and fax.

QUESTION: Will I be bombarded with soliciting e-mails?

DR. PRIYANKA: No - never. MyMedWall will carry useful side-line advertising and other services around it in order to pay for and expand its services. MyMedwall will remain a free service.

Fully HIPAA compliant and more secure than internet banking for reasons of total patient confidentiality, Dr. Geetha Priyanka believes MyMedWall will revolutionise the way people handle their own medical records and interact with patient forums and self-help groups.

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