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The Mount Sinai Medical Center Adopts HIPAA-Compliant Mobile Care App Across the Enterprise

New York (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has adopted an enterprise-grade mobile care-coordination mobile app called Cureatr, which was designed by a resident at the Mount Sinai Hospital, Joseph Mayer, MD. Mount Sinai has signed a multi-year contract to roll out the app to Mount Sinai clinicians.

“Mount Sinai is the first major academic medical center to adopt Cureatr,” said Dr. Bruce J. Darrow, Chief Medical Information Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “The adoption of the Cureatr app demonstrates our commitment to using new health-information technology to improve quality and coordination of care. “

“We are proud that its creator is one of us, a physician who trained as a resident in our hospital,” said Leonard Achan, Chief Communications Officer for The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “Mount Sinai fosters a culture of innovation and is home to many creative and entrepreneurial clinicians and researchers.”

The cloud-based mobile app, designed for use with iPhones, Androids, tablets and other hand-held devices, employs a special HIPAA-secure group text messaging system that improves communication between team members who coordinate care of patients with complex medical conditions.

Dr. Mayer co-founded Cureatr in 2011 with Alex Khomenko, the former Director of Engineering at 23andMe. Dr. Mayer and Mr. Khomenko now serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, respectively. Dr. Mayer acknowledged many individuals at Mount Sinai for their support, including Darrow and Achan, as well as Mark A. Callahan, MD, CEO of Mount Sinai Care, LLC (Mount Sinai’s ACO); Kumar Chatani, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer; Mark DeLaney, Vice President, Information Technology; Erin S. DuPree, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Wayne Goodman, MD, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Ronald Rieder, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry who served as Dr. Mayer’s Residency Director.

“It is a great honor to have our provider communications platform adopted by Mount Sinai, known worldwide for innovation, with the only accountable care organization in Manhattan linked to an academic medical center,” said Dr. Mayer.

The app was pilot-tested for months by Mount Sinai clinicians in a pilot program at the hospital, and is also used at The Institute for Family Health (IFH), a Mount Sinai affiliate led by Neil Calman, MD, Co-founder, President and CEO. Because Cureatr enables both intra- and inter-institutional communication, users at affiliates such as IFH and large group practices are able to securely message Mount Sinai practitioners for referral and follow-up care.

Dr. Mayer developed the app to solve the day-to-day challenges he and his colleagues experienced while treating patients, including reaching the right care-team member at the right time and communicating with him or her effectively, and navigating the many complex day-to-day clinical workflows at a hospital such as Mount Sinai. “Outside of the electronic medical record system, physicians, nurses and other care team members have no mobile tools built specifically for their care coordination challenges,” said Dr. Mayer.

Cureatr was featured at the New York Digital Health Accelerator’s first Demo Day on Wednesday, May 8 at The Times Center in New York. Cureatr was one of eight out of 250 applicant companies to receive a $300,000 grant for the development of the app. The NYDHA is run by the Partnership Fund for New York City and the New York eHealth Collaborative and was designed for growth-stage companies developing products for providers and patients in the care coordination, patient engagement, and health care analytics fields.

The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Established in 1968, the Icahn School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

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Cureatr, Inc.
Cureatr is the nation’s fastest growing mobile care coordination solution for healthcare providers. By combining HIPAA-secure text messaging with workflow navigation tools such as critical lab alerts, patient event notifications, and disease-specific checklists Cureatr makes it easier for doctors, nurses and other care-team members to provide high quality care for their patients. The solution, which is available as an Android, iPhone, and Web app, was designed at the point-of-care to improve care coordination around the most important clinical pain-points. Led by a physician trained at Columbia, the former Director of Engineering of 23andMe, and the former head of sales at athenahealth, Cureatr focuses on making critical day-to-day tasks easier for all care-team members, while improving standardization and reporting for health system executives.

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