- WellConnector, a health tech startup, launches in Tallahassee
- WellConnector seeks to empower patients with their data and eliminate paperwork
Tallahassee is home to a new health tech startup whose mission is to make new patient paperwork a thing of the past.
According to a press release, WellConnector will seek to empower patients by allowing them to digitally share standard information about new patients, such as medical history, medications, allergies and family history.
In particular, WellConnector partners are creating “patient health pre-check,” designing a digital platform that will allow patients to easily and securely share their medical history with providers, making return visits more efficient. and ensuring that accurate medical information is readily available to better inform healthcare. the decisions.
Partnets noted that the platform will greatly help a wide range of patients, including individuals with rare diseases or chronic illnesses, parents coordinating first medical appointments, emergency medical providers reachable, caregivers helping the elderly, and many more.
“The app aims to completely eliminate the paper-based receiving process in medical practices,” said Eddie González Loumiet, CEO of Ruvos, the team developing the platform, and partner/co-founder of WellConnector. “We want to reduce human error and improve the accuracy and completeness of information.”
WellConnector says it aims to minimize the time patients spend filling out forms, which are often physically demanding and relying solely on memory for information such as medications and family history.
WellConnector is the magnum opus of partner/co-founder Allison Aubuchon who said she grew frustrated with duplicate paperwork during a difficult year for her health.
“Everyone is going through something or will go through something health-wise,” Aubuchon said. “For me, getting to the bottom of my rheumatoid arthritis meant multiple specialists and frequent doctor visits. The carpal tunnel during this time made filling in the same information on each new visit – and then verbally confirming the information I had just barely written – even more infuriating. I looked around the waiting rooms and imagined what it must be like for patients with other challenges.
Allison and her husband Josh reached out to Ruvos, a health technology company whose mission is to provide smart, effective solutions to improve the health of communities, to discuss the concept of the app.
“I kept thinking about it,” added Aubuchon. “Knowing that Ruvos worked in healthcare and nurtured entrepreneurs through initiatives such as Launch Tally, they seemed like the perfect people to ask. And they were on board, saying sharing information was a priority for them, and that it needed to be done right and locally. WellConnector started from there, and Ruvos’ experience, connections and expertise in breaking down information silos has been invaluable.
WellConnector will be supported by Ruvos, a Tallahassee-based cloud healthcare consulting partner, which says its expertise in cybersecurity and healthcare technology will ensure that patients using the platform remain in control. of their data.
“We’re not trying to fix every health care problem because we think being hyper-focused on the admissions process will make a huge difference,” Gonzalez Loumiet said. “This app is focused on the community of Tallahassee, created by people of Tallahassee for people of Tallahassee. We can solve many other complex health issues, but we intentionally want to focus on the first stage of the experience of a patient. Getting this right will improve their care.
WellConnector will also give healthcare providers the ability to request visit-relevant data, and patients will be able to authenticate requests and select from their wealth of personal information – from past procedures to allergies and insurance information – by securely connecting them to the platform used by the provider’s office.
“Modernizing the patient intake process will allow physicians to have complete, accurate and timely patient data, which will allow them to spend more time providing care to their patients, reduce manual entry of data among clinical staff and improve patient satisfaction,” said Indhira Bisono Jimenez, MD, rheumatologist. “I am thrilled with the adoption of WellConnector throughout our community.”
WellConnector will launch a pilot in the spring of 2023 that will include working with local partners to test the app and better understand the nuances of different practices and clinics that need to be considered in the design. Developers will adapt to different settings and multiple contexts based on patient and provider experiences.
Business leaders say they are excited about what WellConnector brings to Tallahassee and are excited to welcome the startup to the city’s growing tech hub.
“WellConnector’s mission to improve healthcare locally and bring providers together to collaboratively solve a problem is an example of what we need and hope to see more of in our community,” said sue dick, President/CEO of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. “We applaud their innovation.”
WellConnector is to bring members of the medical community together at a launch event December 8. The event will highlight a prototype and discuss ways in which partners and practices can be involved in the pilot process.