Over the past two decades, advances in Internet related technologies have led to vast improvements in data storage, sharing, and security. As a result, the average consumer now has a world of information at their fingertips, much of it highly individualized. During that same period, medical records technology advanced at a much slower pace.
Concerns about privacy led to a complex regulatory framework designed to ensure the proper use and transfer of sensitive health data. While important, this framework has also been an obstacle to technological advancement. Consumers are used to sharing most Internet data as easily as they share family photos, but the complicated rules around medical records made building an application to share them extremely challenging.
A little over a decade ago, state governments attempted to mitigate this problem by creating Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). Each HIE was tasked to facilitate medical record sharing in a specifically assigned region.
HIEs represented a major step forward in building a truly modern medical data exchange network, but a piece of the puzzle was still missing. HIEs couldn’t always share data with each other. That made it difficult for patients to collect all of their medical records in one place. Furthermore, there was no easy way for patients to share data with a third party that might play an important role in healthcare decisions.
WOMBA is the missing puzzle piece.
WOMBA has access to the vast majority of healthcare records stored online through its network of partners, and it can aggregate your complete health record in seconds. It can also retrieve data from wearable fitness devices and help you track that data over time. With WOMBA, you can meet your doctor online using telemedicine or download the results of your latest blood work. Finally, WOMBA gives you power to control your data and share it with whomever you choose. It’s all just a few clicks away.