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PATIENTORY Selected to Present at Venture Atlanta 2017

Premier technology investment conference to showcase

the Southeast’s most promising technology companies

 

ATLANTA – September 15, 2017 – Patientory announced today that it has been selected to present at Venture Atlanta 2017, the Southeast’s premier event for connecting technology innovation and investment capital. The 10th annual Venture Atlanta will be held October 11-12 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta and will feature close to 150 funds from across the country. With more than 900 investors, tech entrepreneurs and executives anticipated to be in attendance, this year’s Venture Atlanta is once again lining up to be a sold-out event.

 

Adding to the Venture Atlanta excitement are Mark Cuban, chairman and CEO of AXS TV and one of the “sharks” on ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank, and Ernie Garcia, CEO of Carvana, who will deliver keynote presentations.

 

Patientory was chosen as one of 35 companies from a large pool of applicants that represent the region’s most innovative tech businesses. Patientory is a global population health management software that regulates and secures patient data.

 

“Through the years, Venture Atlanta has earned a reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies while helping to launch over 380 companies and secure over $2 billion in funding,” said Allyson Eman, executive director of Venture Atlanta. “This year’s event marks our 10th anniversary and includes the strongest and largest roster yet of both early and venture-stage companies—showcasing the depth, breadth and opportunity within the region’s technology community.”

 

During the two-day event, presenting companies and conference attendees will engage with regional as well as national venture capitalists, investors and other key players in the current technology ecosystem. The conference results in funding, national investor exposure, invaluable relationship building and mentoring by successful technology executives. The conference will also, for the first time, include 16 Startup Showcase companies that will share their plans and vision for the future as “companies to watch.”

 

To learn more about Patientory visit www.patientory.com. For additional information about Venture Atlanta, to register for the event or to view the conference schedule, please visit www.ventureatlanta.org.

 

About Venture Atlanta

Venture Atlanta, Georgia’s technology innovation event, is where the region’s most promising tech companies meet the country’s top-tier investors. As the South’s largest investor showcase helping launch more than 380 companies and raise over $2 billion in funding to date, Venture Atlanta connects local entrepreneurs with local and national venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others in the technology ecosystem who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. The annual nonprofit event is a collaboration of three leading Georgia business organizations: Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). For more information, visit www.ventureatlanta.org. For updates, join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter, and visit our blog.

 

About Patientory

Patientory is empowering people to take charge of their own health. Patientory connects doctors, care providers, and consumers all within a single, secure platform – creating a care team that works together to provide the best care. We’re revolutionizing the way doctors and patients interact and gain access to information, cutting out all layers and processes that currently are stumbling blocks in care coordination.

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Patientory Joins Forces With Hyperledger

The Linux Foundation’s open source blockchain project reaches 152 members

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (August 29, 2017) The Patientory Foundation is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Hyperledger to further advance healthcare and the blockchain ecosystem. As a partner in the new program, amidst recent partnerships with Dash and Blockchain Web Services provider BlockCypher, the Patientory Foundation will integrate its current blockchain with Hyperledger’s open source code.

Memberships includes well established technology companies such as Oracle, CITI Group and Samsung.

“As one of the first companies to bring blockchain to healthcare, we are delighted to join Hyperledger,” said Patientory Founder and CEO Chrissa McFarlane. “With cyber attacks projected to cost hospitals $305 billion USD by 2021 and medical information already worth ten times more than credit card numbers on the deep web, the need for secure patient data is critical. We are eager to collaborate with Hyperledger’s broader community to develop the technology further and form relationships that can help us advance the implementation of blockchain in the health space.”

To see a full list of member companies, visit:

https://www.hyperledger.org/about/members.

About Hyperledger

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.

 

Patientory to Integrate Dash Payments Using BlockCypher Web Services

The Patientory Foundation is delighted to announce that it has joined a new grant program established by cryptocurrency Dash and Blockchain Web Services provider BlockCypher. As a partner in the new program, The Patientory Foundation will receive a grant to fund the integration of the Dash public blockchain with Patientory’s own private blockchain using BlockCypher APIs.

“We are excited to work with Dash and BlockCypher. Using BlockCypher’s web services, we will be the first healthcare blockchain to show interoperability between blockchain networks. This is a major leap forward for how blockchains can be used to process healthcare claims payments,” Patientory Founder and CEO Chrissa McFarlane said.

Patientory’s enterprise solution and mobile app are scheduled for release by the end of 2017 and will give users the option of one or more blockchains for payment. In combination with Patientory’s permissioned blockchain, patients and payors can use BlockCypher web services to maintain Dash wallets and settle payments over the Dash network.

Interview Availability

  • For Dash Core CEO Ryan Taylor, please contact Jesse Platz of Wachsman PR.
  • For BlockCypher Head of Growth Karen Hsu, please contact Karen directly.
  • For Patientory Founder and CEO Chrissa McFarlane, please contact Director of Communications Michael E. Rubin at michael@patientory.com or 847-370-3421.

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About the Grant Program

The grant program launched by Dash and BlockCypher was born from long-standing collaboration between the two, and is aimed at startups and established companies seeking blockchain-based solutions in enterprises and new markets. It will award blockchain projects that have a viable business model, go-to-market plan, and enable innovative use cases on Dash’s network, in conjunction with BlockCypher’s blockchain infrastructure.

“The Dash Core Group has a history of providing support for businesses seeking to integrate Dash, but now we can do so in an official, mutually beneficial way. BlockCypher is a wonderful partner for Dash and has been instrumental in attracting new businesses to leverage our network; this program simply extends our support in a structured way to the numerous leads BlockCypher generates for the network,” CEO of Dash Core, Ryan Taylor said.

“With BlockCypher web services and experience, the goal of this program is to seed projects in regions and use cases where blockchain technology has been underdeveloped. This program is teaming up blockchain focused companies to encourage other companies to adopt blockchain technology. It also uniquely has structured phases towards commercialization,” Karen Hsu, Head of Growth at BlockCypher said.

To participate in the Dash BlockCypher grant program, send an email to grants@blockcypher.com.

Do Patients Want to Own Their Personal Health Data? Yes!

We hear it all the time: “People don’t want to own their own health data.” By and large, most healthcare experts dismiss the notion that patients and caregivers feel a need to own their health data. They claim that it’s too difficult and most would just as rather leave it in the hands of “the experts.”
Evidence is mounting, though, that is calling this widely held belief into question. Patientory recently conducted a survey on this question, and the results are not surprising:

How important is it to you to own your personal health info (PHI)?

  • 62% said it was extremely important
  • 23% said it was very important
  • 8% said it was moderately important
  • 3% said it was slightly important
  • 4% said it was not at all important

 

Although this is not a scientific poll, it does confirm what Accenture also found in a study of their own earlier this year: 68% of patients want to help keep their health data secure.


In an age of Fitbits, Apple Watches, and other health trackers, health consumers are increasingly putting to rest this outdated notion that individuals don’t want to own their own personal health data.  It’s long past time that healthcare organizations give it to them. At Patientory, we’re putting personal health data into the hands of individuals and securing it with blockchain technology. Far from feeling overwhelmed, patients and consumers are increasingly demanding it.

The Medical Futurist: “Medical Data is the New Credit Card Number”

The Medical Futureist has a great overview and analysis of digital privacy in healthcare, with special emphasis on cybersecurity and ransomware. This section in particular caught our attention:

Medical data is the new credit card number

While on the one hand, healthcare is getting democratized through digital health, meaning we have a chance to live longer and healthier with the use of disruptive technologies, on the other hand, we are paying for it partly with our data. Istvan Lam, Founder and CEO of Tresorit, Hungarian data privacy company reminded me of forecasts, according to which healthcare is going to be the most targeted sector of hackers in 2017, as medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the dark web.

And before you ask, why anyone’s chest X-ray would be of any interest to anyone else, I assure you – it’s not the black-and-white artistic image of your lungs. It is the patient data, with which criminals could create fake identification documents to buy drugs, medicine or medical equipment, or combine a patient number with a false provider number and file fictional claims with insurance companies. 

The bold emphasis is ours. Nobody is interested in the patient’s x-rays or dialysis charts. Instead, it’s their PHI. Just like a consumer’s credit card data could be used to steal the victim’s identity, personal health information could be used to impersonate the patient and commit fraud in their name.

Connecting Medical Records Without Compromising on Privacy

Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption rates are soaring, which is fantastic for an industry that is often criticized for being slow to adopt new technology. Less than a decade ago, nine out of ten doctors in the U.S. updated their patients’ records by hand and stored them in color-coded files. By the end of 2017, approximately 90% of office-based physicians nationwide will be using electronic health records (EHRs).

 

Health records are changing quickly — however, concerns over the privacy and security breaches of EHRs especially electronic protected health information (ePHI) continues to plague the healthcare industry—and the trend shows no signs of abating.

 

Although little evidence exists with which to gauge the vulnerability of electronic health information to outside attacks – the numbers speak for themselves. More than 25 million patient records were reportedly compromised as of October 2016. And then, in November, the cases spiked: There were 57 health data breaches—the highest of all months in 2016, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer. Data breaches stemmed from hacking, malware and ransomware agents as well breaches caused by inside employees – such as theft of a portable device for example.

 

Connecting Medical Records

Health and government organizations spend a significant amount of time and money setting up and managing traditional information systems and data exchanges; requiring resources to continuously troubleshoot issues, update field parameters, perform backup and recovery measures, and extract information for reporting purposes.

 

Federal laws and incentive programs have made healthcare data more accessible, in response to hospital pushback regarding EMR implementation. However, the vast majority of hospital systems still can’t easily (or safely) share their data. You only need to ask your primary care doctor to share information with your allergist or surgeon, to know what a headache this is.

 

As a result, doctors are spending more time typing than actually talking to patients. Physician burnouts jumped from 45 to 54 percent between 2011 and 2014, according to a Mayo Clinic study.

 

The new healthcare paradigm demands the need for effective and optimal care delivery for patients to yield better care outcomes. To do this, the most popular strategy circulating among healthcare technologists is blockchain.

 

There has been a lot of buzz about blockchain transforming healthcare recently. At Patientory, we are building a blockchain powered health information exchange (HIE) that can unlock the true value of interoperability and cyber security.

 

Our system has the potential to eliminate the friction and costs of current third party intermediaries, when considering population health management. There are promises of improved data integrity, decentralization and disintermediation of trust, and reduced transaction costs.  

 

Being able to coordinate patient care via a blockchain HIE essentially alleviates unnecessary services and duplicate tests with lowering costs and improvements in efficiencies of the continuum care cycle.

 

Without Compromising on Privacy

Implementation of blockchain technology to ensure and enhance data security for all the medical records associated with the system can achieve zero health breaches and ultimate decentralization of record ownership. The process of encrypting data when sent to database using different algorithms and decrypting it during the retrieval will be used in our solution..

 

This gives it unprecedented security benefits. Hacking one block in the chain is impossible without simultaneously hacking every other block in the chain’s chronology. This makes blockchain incredibly appealing to the doctors and hospitals that need secure access to a patient’s entire health history.

 

Now is the right time to take a fresh approach to data sharing in healthcare.  A patient-centered protocol supported by blockchain technology, Patientory is changing the way healthcare stakeholders manage electronic medical data and interact with clinical care teams.

 

Through use of our mobile app, Patientory users create an individual profile. Their medical information is then stored on a secure, HIPAA-compliant blockchain platform, allowing them to connect with care providers as well as other patients who have similar health issues or concerns. This allows patients greater control over their overall health across multiple care teams, both inside and outside of the hospital.

 

We’re not only working to fill the gaps in our health system, but we’re looking to play a vital role in the future of healthcare.

 

Delivering a New Blockchain-Based Patient Care Model

 

Mar 1, 20175:25 PM EST by Michael Scott via bitcoinmagazine.com

With promises on the part of the new Trump administration to reboot Obamacare, the U.S. healthcare system is at a crossroads. Staggering costs, barriers to patient access and quality-of-care concerns underscore the need for innovative solutions to address this key element of America’s future.

One company firmly entrenched in efforts to address many of these prevailing issues is Atlanta-based Patientory. It endeavors to deliver population-health management solutions that assist healthcare organizations in boosting clinical outcomes through physician-coordinated care. Through the use of a patient-centered protocol supported by blockchain technology, Patientory is poised to change the way patients securely manage their health histories and interact with their clinical care teams.

Through use of the company’s mobile app, Patientory users create an individual profile. Their medical information is then stored on a secure, HIPAA-compliant blockchain platform, allowing them to connect with care providers as well as other patients who have similar health issues or concerns. This allows patients greater control over their overall health across multiple care teams, both inside and outside of the hospital.

The company’s genesis is tied to the 2016 inaugural class of the Boomtown Health-Tech Accelerator in Boulder, Colorado. This led to a collaborative exchange with the Denver-based Colorado Permanente Medical Group, part of the Kaiser Permanente consortium, based in Oakland, California.

Despite its startup status, the company has established a deep footprint in the healthcare landscape. For CEO Chrissa McFarlane, who has over 10 years of experience in the industry, Patientory reflects her personal journey and frustration with patients not having access to a central depository of their own health information and to a supportive community.

Facilitating Patient-Centered Care

McFarlane notes that while the Affordable Care Act reflected the Obama government’s effort to create a more unified health system, in the current state of chaos, the solution ultimately boils down to the individual having the necessary resources to make informed decisions regarding their health.

“Our platform is primarily patient focused. We make it easy for patients to connect with their health, which includes their information, caregivers and a peer community of individuals for support. Unfortunately, this has never existed in the U.S. And while other healthcare companies are trying to achieve similar goals, it’s on a very siloed level.”

From a clinical standpoint, the Patientory app makes it easy for a patient care team to interact and share data, including medication and overall health history. Physicians and other care providers can therefore coordinate care over the continuum of a patient’s care journey.

Similarly, patients can interact with all of their physicians at once, in real time, fostering greater coordination of care efficiencies and cost savings. This is a valuable feature for patients with chronic conditions who often deal with a host of physicians, specialists and subspecialists who play a role in their care.

Moreover, the portability of their health records allows a new physician easy access to their health histories, reducing the burdensome take of having to reinvent the wheel whenever a new health provider is contacted.

Security

In light of the growing number of data breaches facing the healthcare industry, blockchain technology’s major value proposition within the healthcare sector revolves around its robust security protocol, which makes HIPAA compliance feasible for both patients and providers.

Built on the belief that decentralized hospital records improve information security, Patientory employs data networking and medical information storage in a manner that allows patients to manage their own health data repositories, thereby improving overall patient care and well-being.

From electronic health information confidentiality to security threats identification to disclosure protection, Patientory’s employment of blockchain technology helps the healthcare ecosystem mitigate damaging data breaches. Unlike electronic health records, which are vulnerable to hacks, blockchain technology is able to utilize a more secure, permanent record of online information exchange.

Greater Efficiency

On a macro level, Patientory’s ability to coordinate care greatly alleviates the occurrence of unnecessary and wasteful services. A care team’s ability to access a patient’s health history decreases the likelihood that they’ll rerun duplicate tests. This can lead to lower costs and greater efficiencies in the overall continuum of care.

“Our primary health moonshot goal is cost to zero,” says McFarlane. “In other words the goal is to radically reduce the cost of care by a factor of a million. By offering automated treatments care plans and coordinated care through a health community network, the industry will see an 85 percent decrease in hospital readmissions/penalties along with zero healthcare breaches through decentralized blockchain technology.”

Concludes McFarlane: “We’re anxious to see the effects of Patientory’s value in the industry, specifically how it improves the quality of life of those suffering from chronic illnesses. The uncertainty for the future of Obamacare breeds hope for blockchain technology startups like Patientory, which seeks to fill the gaps in our health system, empowering the individual patient to take charge of their own health in a proactive way.”

 

Blockchain and Healthcare

Hacking HIPAA: Blockchain and Healthcare

Blockchain has finally reached healthcare and making headlines! However, any healthcare provider that electronically store, process or transmit medical records, medical claims, remittances, or certifications must comply with HIPAA regulations. With Patientory, this not only applies to the provider but to the patient as well.

Fortunately, HIPAA requires that all patients be able access their own medical records, correct errors or omissions, and be informed how personal information is shared used. So why wasn’t Patientory and blockchain created years ago? Patientory’s blockchain application to the health industry will only strengthen security for easier compliance of HIPAA best practices for the patient and provider.

Patientory’s use of blockchain follows HIPAA Security Rules, including but not lmited to:

  • Administrative Safeguards – Assignment of a HIPAA security compliance team.
  • Physical Safeguards – Protection of electronic systems, equipment and data.
  • Technical Safeguards – Authentication & encryption used to control data access.

This ensures covered entities maintain reasonable and appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards for protecting Electronic Protected Health Information (e-PHI), with 0 health breaches.

Specifically, Patientory’s proprietary blockchain technology achieves 0 health breaches by:

  1. Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all e-PHI they create, receive, maintain or transmit;
  2. Identifying and protecting against reasonably anticipated threats to the security or integrity of the information;
  3. Protecting against reasonably anticipated, impermissible uses or disclosures; and
  4. Ensures compliance by workforce

Patientory is transforming healthcare, by placing the patient at the center of the health care ecosystem and increasing the security, privacy, and interoperability of health data.

Owning Your Health Information

When it comes to your health, knowledge and communication are two key factors that will save you time, money, and possibly even your life. Yet, why as Americans, do we find access to these two things so rare when it comes to our personal health records?

A Personal Story with Accessing Medical Records

Healthcare from a writer’s perspective: About a month after finding out I was pregnant with my first child, I moved a few towns over and switched hospitals. The new hospital asked me to fill out a medical records request form that would then be faxed to my previous hospital. It has been almost 4 months, and we still have not received my medical records…even after countless faxes and phone calls. Blame it on the hormones if you may, but I have literally broken down in tears while pleading with both my new and my previous hospital as to how I can possibly get my medical records.

Lucky for me, both my baby and I are healthy and not in need of immediate or emergency medical intervention. But that is not the case for all patients. Not everyone has the luxury of waiting months for their own medical records.

We typically have a pediatrician, primary care physician, specialty doctors, and then perhaps the hopefully rare emergency care. And let’s face it, these doctors are not meeting up for lunch on a regular basis to discuss your health history.

How do you maintain consistent knowledge and strong communication when it comes to your health? You don’t rely on fax machines, that’s for sure.

Where are my records?

All over the place! The main problem with the existing system we have for holding and obtaining records…is that there is no system. No centralized system at least.

As it is now, different healthcare organizations use different systems, which causes barriers in accessing and sharing medical records. This especially true when dealing with Electronic Medical Records (EMRs).

“The problem is that you have institutions whose business models do not favor sharing information, either with other hospitals or patients,”

—Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland

Not only is not having easy and immediate access to all of your health care records frustrating…it’s dangerous. Without it you risk:

  • Delayed Diagnosis and treatment
  • Delayed access to critical information in emergency situations
  • Rising incidence of chronic diseases and resultant need to cut costs
  • Wasted time and money

A Better Way for a Healthy Life

Americans have moved way beyond looking up symptoms on webmd.com. People want real experiences and real prognoses. We live in a world where people share everything from what they ate for breakfast to photos of their child’s first moments in this world. The new generations want to draw information from those who have gone through what they are going through and then share their own experiences.

The social aspect of having a medical community helps patients feel empowered…like they are not alone in what they are going through. It’s as much for support as it is for gathering information.

Giving Power Back To The Patients

Information is power…and power can heal. When people have full access to their medical history, they are empowered to take charge of their health and able to take better care of themselves and their family.

A Solution for the Online Generation

Does anyone else find it difficult to believe that fax machines still even exist?! It seems only natural that in this age of smartphones, online communication and streaming information, we have instant, online access to all of our medical records.

The benefits of Personal Health Records are hugely significant at both a personal and an institutional level. Besides the obvious benefit of having all of your medical records at your fingertips at any given time, other advantages include:

  • Reduction in errors due to illegible handwriting, lost information, and basic human error
  • Immediate lifesaving alerts for dangerous pharmaceutical interactions
  • Increase in communication between patient and doctor
  • More proactive preventative care resulting from patient awareness
  • Dramatic increase in both quality and efficiency of care
  • Saving billions of dollars annually on healthcare as a nation

Personal Health Records are the most efficient and cost effective way to get medical records into the hands of those who need it most…the patient. When it comes down to it, you know yourself better than anyone, and you should be the one leading the charge to a healthy life.

Patientory simply collects your medical record history in one platform and connects you to patients with similar health issues and concerns.

Join the movement!

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