The global pandemic is showing just how crucial it is to have a way to safely and privately share health info.
Ten years ago, when Leila Chambers' sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, relaying accurate info to Chambers' parents, who didn't live nearby, was a challenge. So, more recently, when her sister got ovarian cancer, Chambers thought, there must be a better way to keep our family in the loop.
Here's a story from a Medcorder user about how Medcorder has helped them and their family through a challenging medical situation. Julie's story energizes us, and reminds us why helping patients record and share with family is so important.
Three years ago, my horse slipped mid-gallop. My last memory was the sound of my helmet cracking against asphalt, and then snippets from the emergency room. When I confided in my doctor that I had lingering memory troubles, he suggested a test to figure out exactly where things in my brain were going haywire.
Then I walked out of his office and promptly forgot what he'd suggested. The irony of having to call and ask for a reminder on the memory test was not lost on either of us.
Had I recorded our appointment, however, the follow-up call would have been unnecessary. I never even thought to ask if I could record, though. That's strange because, as a journalist, I record almost all of my conversations.
Due to the complete upheaval of the medical establishment caused by the novel coronavirus, we've seen things change rapidly for our users as elective surgeries are deferred and face-to-face visits with your doctor have been turned into "telemedicine" discussions over the phone or video conference.
Visiting your doctor can be intimidating and even a little scary. Studies have shown that fear affects the cognitive functions of the brain: perception, attention, and memory. Clarity, focus, and recall of what your doctor said are vital for making important choices for your well-being.
Physicians retire, hospitals close, disasters happen. Keeping a personal medical history is an important step in getting the best medical care. Here are four clear steps describing how you can do it safely and effectively.
If you’ve ever found yourself driving home from the doc, thinking about all the things you forgot to ask, this list is for you.
It’s not your imagination: Your doctor’s visit seems short because it is. Most doctor’s visits are between 13-16 minutes, with folks in rural areas getting even less time, according to a 2017 paper published in Economics Bulletin.
These short visits are not your doctor’s fault. They’re trapped in a system where reimbursements are based on visits only being 15 minutes long. If they want to keep the practice’s lights on, they have to keep the appointments rolling. But the effect is that you and your physician may cover a lot of ground in those few minutes together. This means you’ll need to be strategic on picking what most needs covering. Here’s what to do—and somewhat more importantly, what not to do—to make every second count...
A year ago, if a patient had pulled out her phone in Dr. John Durant's office and asked to record her appointment, Dr. Durant might have balked. "There's always the fear of being recorded," he says, citing the fear of saying the wrong thing on tape.
Since then, Dr Durant has learned that Better care starts with your patients understanding every word you say, and that recording visits can vastly help that process.
This post outlines the 5 main benefits seen from patients recording their doctor appointments, and how it benefits both the patient and the doctor.
We often get questions from patients and doctors asking about whether medcorder is more of a benefit for the patient, or for the doctor. We believe it's a benefit to both: patients leave with a record of the appointment that they can reference in the future if they want to recall or share details of what was said, and doctors gain the benefit of patients who are more able and likely to follow important instructions regarding their care.
Dr. Dan Gardner recently emailed his subscribers to suggest they check out medcorder. Click to read what he wrote, and watch the video of Dr. Gardner in discussion with medcorder CEO David Weekly.
We're thrilled to share that Medcorder won the Audience Choice award at the HealthFront 2019 conference, hosted by Martha Stewart and Dr. Oz in New York. We were one of four companies selected for the final stage, sharing the limelight with our new friends at Motiv, Curogram, and Validose. To be included in such an exclusive event was strong validation that Mecorder is both needed and wanted by patients and by members of the medical community. Thanks to everyone involved in the event, and to everyone in the audience for your support!
Hey everyone! Many of you know that I went full time on Medcorder earlier this year. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an app focused on improving decision making in medical care by helping patients and families get the most out of their time with a doctor. Headquartered from my garage, we already have hundreds of people using the app.
Today I’m excited to announce that we’ve closed a $2.5m seed round, led by Future Ventures. They have a great pair of GPs that I’ve respected a long while, and they are experts at finding and helping seed stage technology plays like mine. It’s great that we have such strong support to empower patients and their families in this way.
Hi. My name is David Weekly. I'm the founder & CEO of Medcorder.
The story of Medcorder starts a few years ago when my dad got prostate cancer. As the family, spread across the US, was trying to understand what was going on and map out our options, my dad came up with a simple but ingenious idea: to record the conversations he was having with his doctors. He used the Voice Memo app on his phone and emailed me the recording as an attachment; I'd then transcribe the meeting's contents manually, and email it out to dad's "inner circle" of close friends and family members. We'd discuss options in a Google Doc and would text and call with updates. Later we'd start using a paper journal kept by dad to record medications (planned & actuals) as well as mood, movements, and other vitals.
This mishmash of tools was a little hard to wrangle, so I started thinking about a better way to empower patients and their families to communicate, coordinate, and chart what was going on with a patient. That way everyone could be on the same page. More than just a chat room for a health situation, I wanted to build a full solution to help the patient's "inner circle" come together to drive better care and keep everyone in the loop.