Parents or guardians could send their child's information to a school nurse immediately and know the precise details of care provided to that child by a specialist they've seen.
Individuals could have the data at their fingertips, allowing them to access it when they need it without having to wait for one doctor's office to send it to the next, or they could provide it before their visit and cut down on time spent in waiting rooms.
Physicians could save money, increase workflow efficiency, reduce duplication of care, decrease errors and improve the quality of care they deliver to their patients.
This was the world three dedicated entrepreneurs envisioned when they embarked on a journey 18 months ago to invent the world's first fully-automated tool that allows users to upload, store and manage healthcare records on a smartphone, tablet or computer.
"The premise was to fill a huge void in health care," said
The three entrepreneurs joined forces last year in
They applied and were accepted to several accelerators across the country, but eventually chose to bring ChartSpan to
"The community has just wrapped us in a cocoon (of support)," Carter said. "The caliber of The Iron Yard is what impressed us.
The owners said they are already pretty mature in comparison to some startups being conceived at the local accelerator.
ChartSpan has an executive structure in place, a development team, a nine-member board and a product. Their time at The Iron Yard has allowed them to develop a targeted marketing strategy focused on a segment of the population that will benefit the most from their product -- moms.
According research conducted by the owners, at least 63 percent of mothers are responsible for managing their family's health care.
"We don't want to reinvent health care," Lawless said. "But what if every mother could transfer all of that information to a smart device where it's super simple -- a click away?"
Within the next two weeks, the owners will launch their platform. The most advanced feature is a patented program that is similar to software currently in the banking industry that allows customers to deposit checks via photo on their smart phone.
But instead of just recognizing the image with structured data, ChartSpan's software has optical character recognition, which is a process that pulls out each letter, rebuilds the text and arranges it in a meaningful way.
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