DrOwl app for electronic health records gives patients full access
A new version of the DrOwl electronic health records mobile app now allows patients to access their health records from any provider, then combine them to get a complete overview of their medical records and track their own health care. DrOwl is a free app available for Android and Apple devices in their respective app stores.
According to CEO Arvind Raichur, DrOwl builds on recent legislation that requires healthcare providers to provide access to patients’ medical records. Raichur said the software also interprets clinical language into plain English so that patients can understand them. The result is that all of a patient’s medical records are combined into one resource.
“It’s no longer a guessing game with Dr. Google,” Raichur said, “it all depends on your actual conditions. ”
Raichur said that DrOwl is taking advantage of the CARES Law and health insurance Interoperability rule, both of which came into effect this year, and uses carefully selected sources to provide medical information to users.
In addition to enabling patients to understand their medical conditions, DrOwl also provides the ability for patients to correct errors in their medical records. According to the company, more than 70 percent of all medical records contain errors.
Raichur said DrOwl already has connections with thousands of medical providers integrated with their HIPAA-compliant records system, and will add more providers upon request.
Patients own records
“People don’t realize that they have a right to their information,” Raichur said, adding that suppliers are obligated to give it to them. He said fines for failing to make the information available can run into the millions of dollars.
The DrOwl app is also designed to help patients bring their medical records to a new provider. The app can produce a personalized QR code that another vendor or family member reads in the car for full access. “The current system has not worked,” Raichur said. “That way you turn the patient into the person with the records. “