Are you ever tired of filling out the same mundane medical form asking about allergies, family history, and current medications every time you go to the doctor?
Tallahassee residents who are tired of the paperwork may have the opportunity to help pilot a new app that allows patients to electronically share information with their providers about the medications they take, as well as their family history and their insurance.
Called WellConnectorthe app could prevent patients from having to fill out duplicate forms, reducing the time healthcare providers spend on upfront paperwork.
It could also help cement Tallahassee — which the state’s top IT official lamented as a “remote” location far from the state’s famous beaches that hurt talent recruitment — as a budding IT hub.
The app is the brainchild of a PR specialist Allison Aubuchon, whose recent diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and carpal tunnel syndrome meant she was filling out patient information for doctors she had never seen before. IT know-how is provided by the co-founder of WellConnector Eddie Gonzalez Loumiet.
While Aubuchon is no stranger to filling out patient paperwork, diagnoses of RA and carpal tunnel syndrome have made the hard work painful and difficult.
“That’s when I started banging my head against the wall saying, how come in 2022 we’re still filling out the paperwork?” Aubochon recalled during a recent interview with Florida Politics. “I can’t believe we have all these apps for everything in life. Why isn’t there just an app where you can have this information at your fingertips and know it’s accurate and up to date and just give it to your supplier? »
Aubuchon recalls becoming obsessed with the idea and speaking with her husband, a Tallahassee lobbyist and co-founder of WellConnector. Josh Aubochon on the idea. He encouraged her to speak with Tallahassee physician and family friend Dr. Nicholas Farber, a vitreoretinal surgeon.
After Farber and his treating rheumatologist, Indhira Bisono Jiminez, confirmed that there would be benefits for doctors, Aubochon contacted Gonazlez Loumiet. As the founder of a health informatics company called redheadsAubochon was convinced he would provide a healthy dose of skepticism to the idea.
But instead of “being bashed from the rim,” he encouraged Aubuchon to take the plunge.
“It all took off from there,” she said of the summertime chat she had with Gonzalez Loumiet. “It’s been surreal honestly.”
Gonzalez Loumiet’s endorsement came with the caveat that the app be tested first in Tallahassee to ensure it is doctor-friendly. Because if not, Gonazlez Loumiet says he knows he won’t be used.
He also insisted that the app’s focus remains on front-end electronic document exchange and not electronic health record exchange between providers.
“We’re not trying to fix every health care issue because we think being hyper-focused on the admissions process will make a huge difference,” he told Florida Politics. “This app is focused on the Tallahassee community, created by Tallahassee residents for Tallahassee residents.”
Florida Digital Service Chief Information Officer Jamie Grant earlier this year said that due to Tallahassee’s “remote” location recruiting IT talent in the region is difficult.
“You have to find a unicorn that’s both talented, experienced, who believes in the mission and who’s going to do it for a short time and say, ‘Hey, I can do it and get moving,'” Grant said.
The number of information technology companies in Tallahassee has grown 13% over the past seven years and is expected to grow more than 7% over the next five years, according to Tallahassee Leon County. Economic Vitality Office.
In a prepared version, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce President and CEO sue dick praised WellConnector’s goal of improving healthcare and applauded its “innovative nature.”
“WellConnector’s mission to improve healthcare locally and bring providers together to collaboratively solve a problem is an example of what we need and hope to see more of in our community,” she said.
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