AllOne Mobile, a mobile phone application developed by AllOne Health and secured by Diversinet, will become available on brick-and-mortar store shelves across the country next month as part of a package that includes a USB-based personal health record offering from Connectyx, called MedFlash. MedFlash already has distribution agreements with a number of grocery store chains and pharmacies, including Walgreens, Harris Teeter and Krogers. Online retailer Drugstore.com will also sell the packaged offering.
“This takes us from a three tiered platform that allows our members to access their PHR via our 24/7 800 number, flash drive or the Internet to a four tiered platform with the addition of the AllOne Mobile technology for our members,” Ronn Schuman, Connectyx president and CEO stated in a company press release.
According to the press release that announced the deal: This agreement marks the first time AllOne Mobile will be available for purchase in retail establishments. AllOne Mobile is already available to consumers through Microsoft's HealthVault site.
While the use of USB-based PHR has been a hotly debated topic for some time, finding a way for a mobile application to gain a physical presence on retail store shelves is certainly a trying task, which makes AllOne's deal with MedFlash a savvy one. Should be interesting to track whether AllOne leverages any of Connectyx's other distribution channels. The company has a number of them in place currently and many of them make sense for AllOne Mobile:
"The MedFlash program is available in stores through relationships with Associated Pharmacies Incorporated — a buying cooperative for the more than 1,000 independent pharmacies spanning 40 states. Cardinal Healthcare and AmerisourceBergen distribute MedFlash to over 2,200 locations nationwide. MedFlash is also offered through charitable organizations, travel organizations, physicians’ practices, insurance companies and employers," according to the press release.
Here's another block quote from the release, which explains what the AllOne Mobile application enables user to do:
AllOne Mobile technology enables users to:
– Forward a child’s allergy medication instructions to a school nurse
– Share an elderly parent’s prescriptions with a first responder
– Access a spouse’s medical history at the emergency room
– Send family health records to a new specialist before the visit
– Confirm insurance coverage for an emergency when traveling
– View past and current prescription and pharmacy information
– Send an image of their insurance card to their doctor
– Review their children’s immunization records
– List people to contact in an emergency
– Receive alerts on upcoming health appointments or unfilled prescriptions
– Obtain personalized tips on managing chronic conditions
– Have all their vital, updated health information on hand — 24/7