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CheckedUp to Launch M-Health Platform for Ophthalmologists and Ophthalmic Patients


Top Line: CheckedUp, a New York City-based healthtech startup, will be launching its first mobile health platform for ophthalmologists and ophthalmic patients in the first half of 2014. The CheckedUp platform was designed to enhance the quality and efficiency of doctor-patient communication.
“The demands on consultation and caregiving are rapidly increasing due to recent legislation, the growing tide of baby-boomers, and improved surgical options for patients,” said Richard Awdeh, M.D., CEO and founder of CheckedUp.
“Our goal is to make the care process as transparent as possible. Mobile technology has revolutionized the way that we communicate within our communities, yet communication so crucial to modern healthcare continues to lag.”
Close Up: CheckedUp supplements the patient’s office visit by providing ongoing education and communication customized by a patient’s doctor, at every step in the care process, from the initial consultation to postoperative follow-ups. The product’s platform includes a proprietary suite including: Digital Healthcoach, Medical Alert, Patient Play, and Rx-Ready, in which patients can customize how they want to navigate their care and digital relationship with their healthcare provider. The software automatically alerts the patient’s doctor about their preferences, so that in-person consultations can be more personal and productive.
Vital Stats: In order to determine the adoption rates and effectiveness of mHealth platforms, for both doctors and baby boomers, CheckedUp is conducting a multi-site, IRB-approved clinical study of its platform in high volume ophthalmic clinics. Currently both quantitative and qualitative data have been collected from over 300 patients and physicians in order to demonstrate the value of mHealth technologies in the clinical setting.
The preliminary results indicate that not only are mHealth adoption rates higher than expected, but that the CheckedUp platform is strengthening the communication channel between physicians and their patients.