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					Diversinet Launches MobiHealth Wallet for Patient Data Sharing
By Brian T. Horowitz | Posted 2012-12-04


Diversinet has introduced the MobiHealth Wallet, an app that patients can use to
download and share medical data on smartphones using the federal Blue Button Web tool.

                                                 Mobile technology company Diversinet has
                                                 launched the MobiHealth Wallet, an application
                                                 that provides a way for patients to download their
                                                 personal health records to their smartphones using
                                                 the federal Blue Button data automation tool so
                                                 they can share them with their doctors.

                                                 Diversinet announced the MobiHealth Wallet at
                                                 the mHealth Summit in National Harbor, Md., on
                                                 Dec. 3.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human
Services, Blue Button allows patients to download their personal health information as a PDF or
text file. Federal agencies, health care providers, payers and pharmacy chains are adopting Blue
Button.

The MobiHealth Wallet provides an interoperable framework for patients to store, manage and
share their health data from their personal health portal with multiple providers. It allows
doctors, case workers and patients to share data and engage on mobile devices through voice
calls, email or text messages.

Using the Diversinet tool, patients can create and edit profiles that include their health lifestyle
preferences. Doctors use the profiles along with information from medication adherence and
mood tracker tools to study patients' health patterns.

The goal of the MobiHealth Wallet is to understand how patients change their health behaviors,
Dr. Hon Pak, Diversinet's CEO, told eWEEK.

By collecting health data in a standardized way from PHRs, doctors can perform predictive
analytics and gain an understanding of patients' health behaviors, he said.
Changing health behaviors can reduce the occurrences of chronic diseases by about 80 percent,
according to the World Health Organization.

The MobiHealth Wallet links with Diversinet's Web-based portal, which stores a copy of
patients' PHR data.

For medical data to be shared by providers, health organizations are currently forming health
information exchanges, but the Diversinet MobiHealth Wallet is a way to share additional
lifestyle data found in patients' PHRs, Pak noted.

"We're providing patient-centric data interoperability to help providers not in the network or not
in the same system to have access to the data through the wallet in ways that have not have been
possible," said Pak.

Doctors will be able to capture patient data not present in an EHR, such as exercise, sleep and
dietary habits, Diversinet reported. They'll also be able to store data such as weight, blood
pressure and glucose readings from day to day. The PHR also stores information on allergies,
health insurance, data, lab results and psychosocial conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

To complete their PHRs, patients participate in surveys about their health lifestyles and can
update them over time.

The MobiHealth Wallet is available on all mobile OS platforms, including iOS, Android and
Windows Phone, said Pak.

Diversinet plans to release a second version of the MobiHealth Wallet within a month or two,
Pak said. The company will expand the MobiHealth Wallet to offer an engagement model
featuring additional patient-generated preferences and social determinants of a patient's health.

On Oct. 25, Diversinet announced an upgrade to its MobiSecure mobile-health platform to
strengthen the security as doctors and patients message with each other electronically.

Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has
worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for
eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer
Shopper, Fast Company, FOXNews.com, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents,
ScientificAmerican.com, USA Weekend and Womansday.com, as well as other consumer and
trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.

Follow him on Twitter: @bthorowitz

				
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