SOURCE: Medem

May 19, 2008 15:15 ET

Medem Collaborates With Google to Connect Patients With Doctors Online

Medem Provides Integrated Service for Users at the Launch of Google Health

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - iHealth, an online suite of medical practice web sites and secure patient email services provided by Medem is now integrated with Google Health, a new product that allows users to store, organize and manage their medical records and personal health information online. Medem is a healthcare IT company founded by leading medical societies, including the American Medical Association (AMA).

The iHealth collaboration with Google allows Google Health users to share information in their Google Health profile with doctors using the iHealth web product. This in turn helps keep doctors up-to-date on current medical conditions and medications. Physicians who offer the iHealth service to their patients will be listed in the Google Health "Find a Doctor" feature as integrated with Google Health.

"Improving communication and strengthening the patient-physician bond is a key goal for Medem and its participating medical societies," explained Robert Musacchio, PhD, chairman of the board for Medem and senior vice president, Publishing and Business Services for the AMA. "The collaboration between Google and Medem to better connect patients and physicians online is an important step in furthering this goal."

A recent Harris Interactive/Wall Street Journal survey confirms that patients prefer physician practices with an online presence, finding that 77% of patients want to schedule appointments online, and 75% want to email their physician's practice. Medem's collaboration with Google Health will help patients identify and select physicians who are iHealth users and offer these and other important medical services online.

"Our objective at Medem is to provide a suite of online services for physician practices that help them improve patient communication, reduce phone calls, enhance marketing and reduce liability," noted Medem CEO, Edward Fotsch, MD. "The integration between Google Health and practices that offer iHealth may help millions of consumers identify, select and reward practices who have quality web sites and offer a higher level of patient connectivity and service."

The iHealth service is promoted by both medical societies and liability carriers; some liability carriers have even begun offering discounts on premiums to physicians who use the service. In addition to a customizable practice web site and secure patient email for appointment requests, prescription renewal and lab results, iHealth also offers a transportable and interactive personal health record ("PHR") and the ability for practices to include YouTube-hosted videos of physicians introducing their practices or providing patient education online. The iHealth service is available for physicians via www.medem.com.

About Medem and iHealth

Medem's iHealth service offers physicians and the healthcare industry a suite of integrated Web-based services that are proven to effectively engage patients in better managing their health. iHealth includes the leading online standards-based, secure Personal Health Record (PHR) that is owned and controlled by the patient, can share data with EHR, health plan and other systems and is a secure vehicle for communicating online with healthcare providers. Additional services include the ability to deliver patient-specific education and care management programs, an integrated Health Risk Assessment, and automated FDA warnings specific to the patient's medications. Founded by the American Medical Association and several national medical specialty societies, Medem is supported by a broad constituent of industry partners, 45 leading medical societies, patient advocacy groups and government agencies. To learn more about Medem, visit www.medem.com.

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