In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, nearly 8,000 HIV and AIDs patients, as well as thousands of cancer patients, had their treatment plans washed away with the rising waters. It was a new level of devastation for individuals already facing life-threatening challenges.
Thankfully, this additional suffering was not in vain. You see, the rise of electronic health records in the last decade is largely due to what we learned from this natural and medical disaster.
Get Real Health was part of this movement to empower patients from day one.
“I am so proud of our history with electronic health records,” said Get Real Health CEO, Robin Wiener. “We participated in the launch of Microsoft HealthVault–a free online record repository– in 2007 and have spent the better part of the next decade improving individual’s access to health data as well as protecting their privacy around that data.”
In fact, the American Cancer Society was one of the first organizations Get Real helped design and implement a patient portal to assist individuals and their families in tracking cancer data and receiving relevant educational content.
Our commitment continues today as this year we launched our Lydia app, the first consumer-facing product in our line of patient engagement tools. Why is this important?
Because Lydia allows individuals to track and record vital health data any time and anywhere. Designed to be user-friendly and mobile, Lydia is a one-stop-solution for organizing health data through an ecosystem of connected devices, tools, and interactive displays.
Whether tracking a chronic disease or simply attempting to achieve a better level of fitness and overall health, Lydia does it all.
“We have deployed countless solutions for organizations looking to engage patients in collaborative care,” explains Wiener. “We took what we learned from those experiences and focused on the end-user when building Lydia. The patient’s access to data has always been our focus, but now we are allowing individuals to interact with their data regardless of whether their caregivers choose to participate in an electronic health record. Our goal is to ensure no one feels powerless when it comes to their health, like the residents of New Orleans did all those years ago, but rather empowered to take control of their data and outcomes.