DocSnap, a healthcare technology startup focused on streamlining patient access to their medical information, has joined the Advanced Technology Development Center’s ATDC Signature portfolio of companies. Founded by Dr. Anthony Mari, DocSnap puts the patient in the center of their healthcare team by sending all the patient health information (PHI), from all of their doctors — and for all family members — to a simple-to-use mobile app.
Startups admitted into the highly rigorous ATDC Signature portfolio are those deemed most ready to succeed, get investors, and thrive as stand-alone enterprises.
They also receive one-on-one mentoring from an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) — businesspeople with a successful track record of developing and selling startups — as well as other benefits such as Industry Connect, which matches the startup’s offerings with the needs of the Fortune 1000.
Marietta-based DocSnap is among the first electronic health record (EHR) management systems designed specifically for patients’ control because it allows them to receive all of their medical records, from all of their providers, for all of their family on their mobile devices. In essence, the patient because the gatekeeper for his or her entire medical file.
“DocSnap is really an EHR built for the patient so they have the tools to function on an equal status or playing field with the healthcare provider, which can drive better compliance, better, communication, and strengthen their relationship,” Mari said. “It’s a way for you to have access to your information — your medical records — for you and every member of your family when you want it and when you need it. And it also gives you the ability to communicate with your provider the way you communicate with your friends and your loved ones, via direct messages. You don’t have to wait to go to a healthcare provider’s portal to ask a question or to receive an answer because it happens directly through your mobile device for you and every member of your family.”
The company also has a separate tool, DocSnapDocs, for medical personnel, which allows doctors to streamline their communications with patients and improve response times and function as a care team. So if a patient has multiple doctors for different ailments, those physicians can share the pertinent information such as medications taken and changes in the patient’s health in real time, Mari said.
The idea, he said came from his time working for an electronic health records company. Because of the changes with adoption of electronic health records, providers had to establish engagement platforms or patient portals. Patients had to log into portals, multiple ones if they had doctors from different hospital systems. Providers would have to check the portals, too, to see if they received messages questions from their patients. As designed, portals had challenges that he seeks to address with DocSnap.
“It was driven from understanding the problems with lack of adoption of the portals,” he said, “The research shows that 85 percent of patients want their information and data; they just don’t want to have to go through a portal. They live in a mobile world and a mobile society, and they want the information to be delivered in a mobile manner.”