BALTIMORE, June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ICmed, LLC has released a new family-centric, social media platform aimed at empowering families to control their own healthcare information to improve outcomes and quality of life. The company has taken the concept of a static family genealogy and medical history and transformed it into a dynamic family centered sharing capability, harnessing the power of the family social network to support loved ones and improve family health and well-being.
ICmed is a secure, mobile, cloud-based platform that:
- Enables collaboration around managing family health, for example, parents caring for kids or adult children caring for elderly relatives,
- Aids discovery and accurate documentation of family medical history, an important health risk factor,
- Continuously educates users from individual and family health data through a virtual health assistant, proactively providing personalized, actionable, evidence-based information,
- Helps family users to conveniently keep track of family members' health status regardless of geography,
- Empowers caregivers and health minded individuals to more meaningfully engage doctors about health risks.
ICmed founder and CEO Anil Kshepakaran explains, "There are a lot of reasons to take control of your family's health information in an informed and educated way, and consumers are ready to take charge through digital and mobile technology." The ICmed solution is free to consumers and currently available in iOS and web versions, with an Android version expected later this summer. More information on the product can be found at Icmedonline.com.
The stakes have never been higher for consumers. Despite medical advances, a recent study by Johns Hopkins indicated that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. Dr. Greg Pelton, ICmed's Chief Medical Officer noted, "When you visit the emergency room or a new specialist with your child or elderly parent, it is more important than ever that you have their essential medical information, like medications. The doctor making decisions about your loved one's care will often not have access to this crucial information when they are deciding on treatment."
National patient engagement expert Jan Oldenburg, an advisor to ICmed and an advocate of digital consumerism in healthcare, commented on the transformation underway. "The healthcare industry has been slow to respond to consumer demand for enhanced, convenient services, and has been held back by fragmented data, lack of integration and interoperability across healthcare providers, and an insider's mentality. Patient engagement improves outcomes and lowers cost, making it the holy grail in healthcare. ICmed has created an elegant solution that empowers consumers to drive this transformation rather than waiting for the industry to solve it."
Dr. Miriam Alexander, a former physician faculty member at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who is a past President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, is on ICmed's independent clinical advisory board. She commented on the ICmed approach, saying, "You do not need to boil the ocean with an expansive personal health record to manage your health effectively. In fact most of our health outcomes are driven by a few key risk factors most related to behaviors that are under our own control."
Dr. Alexander added, "The overwhelming majority of health outcomes and quality of life measures are driven by strategies, tools and techniques that lead to healthier lifestyle choices, improved adherence with care, and more sharing of information. ICmed focuses on things that improve quality of life, reduce risks of developing a chronic health condition and promote the health of your loved ones."
ABOUT ICmed, LLC
ICmed, LLC is a digital health firm based in Baltimore, MD. The ICmed family health platform, a mobile and cloud-based solution, allows users to aggregate health information and selectively share with others to collaborate around improving family health. ICmed delivers personalized evidence-based healthcare content based on your family's health information that empowers consumers to take control of managing their family's health.
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