Patient engagement platform Medical Mindset just landed $1 million in investment capital. The company's platform allows patients to build a HIPAA-compliant health profile, which they can use to check into an appointment by swiping their smartphone.
"In this era of big data and information overload, one area that has been overlooked is the initial interaction between physician and patient,” Dr. Nicholas Theodore, a Medical Mindset advisor and the director of the Neurosurgical Spine Program at John Hopkins, said in a statement. “Even in 2018, this encounter sadly begins with a clipboard, a poorly functioning tethered pen, and reams of barely decipherable photocopied forms. Check-in is a mess, and from the patient's perspective designed to disguise the fact the doctor is running behind.”
The idea is that patients will be able to go to the platform to fill in symptoms, medications, and a health history before going to an appointment. This information is then all stored on a cloud server, so that when a patient goes to the appointment they can scan in their appointment code instead of filling out any documents at the providers office.
The app also lets patients report their pain data as it happens so doctors can look at it over time. Patients can easily show where their pain is occurring in the app using pinpoint on a human avatar.
During a visit, doctors can pull up the patient's put on their screen to discuss during the appointment.
Medical Mindset's goal is to simplify the check-in experience and avoid cumbersome administrative tasks like transcribing patient intake, according to the company.
"With the industry experience of our Mindset Medical management team and our board of physician advisers, we are excited to continue to bring positive disruption to healthcare," CEO of Medical Mindset Mitch Foster said in a statement.
Currently there are several patient check in apps on the market. In January, a new app Docket, which focuses specifically on the teen market, launched. Like Medical Mindset, it allows patients to answer questionnaires, report symptoms, and check into the doctor’s office.