WebMD Accelerates Consumer-Provider Connectivity with Expanded Patient Instructions Beta and Previews Personalized Mobile App that Leverages Qualcomm Life 2net Platform at mHealth Summit
"WebMD is partnering with innovative companies like Qualcomm and developing new products and services like Patient Instructions to make health information more actionable and accelerate consumer-provider connectivity," said David Schlanger, Chief Executive Officer at WebMD. "As consumers and providers assume more financial risk for the provision of care, WebMD believes that facilitating this kind of engagement is essential to producing quality outcomes and reducing the cost of care."
Qualcomm Life and WebMD first announced plans to enable consumers to upload biometric data to WebMD in an effort to proactively manage health and fitness, as well as chronic health conditions such as obesity and diabetes, at the HIMMS conference in March 2013. WebMD will introduce its new app and set of services that deliver personalized content and actionable insights, as well as a new online storefront where consumers will be able to purchase a variety of biometric devices from the industry's leading providers, in the first quarter of 2014.
"WebMD is uniquely positioned to facilitate consumer-provider connectivity and accelerate the roll-out of quantified health solutions to the masses," said Bill Pence, EVP, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer, WebMD. "Our Patient Instructions functionality will enable consumers and their providers to jointly manage their care, and our partnership with Qualcomm Life will provide consumers with a more personalized WebMD experience that makes biometric data more actionable."
As part of the expanded Patient Instructions beta, Medscape providers can simply select from a set of over 4,200 clinically reviewed patient instructions and provide them to patients securely and confidentially by enabling patients to access and review the information in the WebMD app or in their browser. In addition, providers can manage lists of patients and save favorite instruction sets for easy retrieval during the course of their daily workflow. WebMD expects to expand this capability over time to allow for more customization and other types of information and services to be sent securely to patients.
WebMD initiated the Patient Instructions beta in September 2013 to a limited number of Medscape Mobile physician users, and early feedback regarding features, functionality, workflow and the overall user experience confirmed strong interest in, and demand for, this capability. The beta is being expanded now to provide WebMD with additional feedback, which will be used to inform future product enhancements. You can view an animation that further illustrates how WebMD's Patient Instructions feature works via the following link: http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/multivu_archive/MNR/60050_1206.mp4.
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