Shalom Life | October 25, 2014

Startup Club: Hello Doctor

The revolutionary new app that allows patients to download their medical records has just received funding from companies that include Facebook and and Google

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: October 23rd, 2014 in Business » Israel

Startup Club: Hello Doctor

Over the past few decades, a growing number of small businesses involved in various industries have popped up around the world meeting the needs of an ever-growing, ever-changing market.

Jewish businessmen and innovators continue to excel throughout these industries, displaying their prowess as creative, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, and tapping into continuously developing markets with 'startup' companies.

In a bid to recognize these decorated entrepreneurs for their ongoing contributions and advancements to these fields, Shalom Life is pleased to present: Startup Club, highlighting the best and the brightest of Jewish entrepreneurs who continue to provide our community with new, influential and innovative ideas that will forever change the way we interact with the world, and with one another.

Follow our lead and we’ll follow yours – send us tips or suggestions via email, comment below or tweet us @ShalomLife, in our mission to celebrate the most visionary of Jewish entrepreneurs.

Check out last week's inductee into the Club here.

Business: Hello Doctor

Base of Operations: Tel Aviv, Israel

Entrepreneur: Maayan Cohen

Industry: Technology/Medicine

Founded: 2013

When Maayan Cohen’s boyfriend was rushed into emergency surgery for a brain tumor, no one expected the story to have a silver lining, never mind a happy ending.

After experiencing bad headaches for days and suddenly waking up with one that seemed particularly painful, Cohen brought her boyfriend to the emergency room. A few hours later he was being prepped for surgery to remove a tumor that had formed in his brain. For the next two years Cohen would be at her boyfriend’s side through his chemotherapy, radiation, and additional surgeries as he fought off cancer, and beat it.

During their time through the Israeli healthcare system one thing became increasingly obvious to Cohen: there was a serious flaw in the way patient information and medical records were shared with specialists. Patients would be given forms and charts to bring with them to each appointment they had, and during the mere ten minutes they would actually spend talking with their healthcare specialist, most of the time would be spent searching through their forms to give accurate, and lifesaving, information. A wrong answer could mean having the wrong treatment done, which could lead to catastrophic results.

Thankfully Cohen’s close friend, and former boyfriend, is in permanent remission and doing well. However the experience he faced in the healthcare system inspired Cohen to quit her job and help work towards a solution for the hundreds of other people who are forced to live this same problem every day.

And so Hello Doctor was born.

Hello Doctor is a revolutionary new app that allows users to download their medical records and information securely from hospitals, or upload their own files, and gather it in one convenient place. The app is easy to use and makes finding a form, medication, or treatment from their file only a click away. The app is designed to allow users to download files directly, or upload scans and photos of important documents to their account. From within the app, users can quickly locate a document so that their time with their doctors involve more talking, and less looking through paperwork. You can even take notes on documents from within the application.

The app has become quite popular with users too. According to a press release the company provided us with, “Hello Doctor’s new integration already covers more than 50% of US hospitals and clinics... Hello Doctor also imports data uploaded by health and fitness devices to Apple’s newly launched HealthKit on iOS8.”

And it’s more than just people trapped in the healthcare system that have taken an interest in Hello Doctor. According to a report by VentureBeat, the company recently received $700k in funding from a list of companies which include both Facebook and Google, along with some pharmaceutical companies.

As explained by Cohen, both CEO and founder, in Hello Doctor’s press release, “More and more people get online access to their clinics, but their medical data is scattered over several sources along with duplicate paper records and medical devices to track their health at home. Hello Doctor is the first mobile solution to aggregate all of our medical data in one place - online lab results, paper records and blood pressure trends. This consolidated view allows our patients and their doctors to better understand their medical condition and can save lives.”

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