Baltimore Mobile Health Startup Answering the Call for an “Unpatient” Movement

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Baltimore tech startup ICmed LLC is preparing to release a new family digital health platform. The company reflects the growing "unpatient" movement calling for people to gain custody of their medical data.

ICmed, LLC, a tech startup based in Baltimore’s emerging tech corridor is preparing to release a new family health platform. The company has taken the concept of a family tree and added to it health data and a private family sharing function. The result is a mobile, cloud-based app that keeps users aware of family members’ health status, continuously learns from consolidated individual and family health data, provides health mentorship through artificial intelligence, and maintains a medical record owned by the user. This is an upgraded, more comprehensive version of the app which originally released in 2011. Last year, ICmed founder and CEO Anil Kshepakaran formed a team to take the platform to the next level. They plan to release the app before year-end.

Although Anil has been a successful tech entrepreneur for over two decades, this venture is immensely personal. It was born years ago when his wife and her mother and sisters sought a way to track their health progress while living in different parts of the country.

“Back before everyone had smart phones, each of them would type up info about their health issues onto a Word document which they would then email to each other,” said Anil, whose wife, Nancy is a technology professional. “It turned into this lengthy file of family health history. They would even print it out to share with their doctors. But over time, it became way too hard to keep track of it through email. I figured there had to be a better way.”

Eventually, Anil decided to create a mobile solution. ICmed, he says, is “part of a growing push for people to gain custody of their health information.”

Coincidentally, back in September, digital health experts Dr. Eric Topol and Leonard Kish created quite a buzz in the healthcare industry with their article in the journal Nature calling for a national movement for everyday people to own their medical data. They noted that technological advancements allow medical data to be siphoned from all of us, whether through doctor visits or wearable devices. However, no one place exists to store and make this information accessible for the patient. The movement is calling for health data to be controlled by patients, not providers; redefining health care users as “unpatients”.

ABOUT ICmed, LLC
ICmed, LLC is a Baltimore digital health firm. Its social family health platform, a mobile and cloud-based application, allows users to aggregate medical information and selectively share with loved ones. The app delivers continuous, personalized, actionable information without the user having to search for it. More information about ICmed is at ICmedonline.com and on Twitter at @ICmedonline.

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