Listen in! - MobileHealthWatch Interview with CEO, Pam Swingley

Alex Bettencourt - March 19, 2010

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The launch of RememberItNow! mobile is catching a lot of buzz!  Recently, John Farrell of MobileHealthWatch.com snagged a few minutes with our busy CEO, Pam Swingley.

Listen in and discover how RememberItNow! has evolved from desktop software to the addition of new mobile features, a new medical history section, and much more. In addition to describing all the new functions, Pam also shares her thoughts on the future of eHealth and how it can improve medication compliance.

Mobile HealthWatch.com is dedicated to point of care and mobile health news and resources. Read more about more coverage on RememberItNow! from MobileHealthWatch.com here.

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Smart Phones Lead The Way In mHealth

Alex Bettencourt - March 8, 2010

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At the end of 2009 there were 4.6 billion mobile phone users around the globe. By the end of 2010 this number is expected to reach 5 billion.  And in 2014 Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley predicts there will be 2,776 MM 3G global users, this means 43% of the population!

In North America 260,575,000 people are expected to have smart phones! This means 74% of the population will be busy browsing the web and text messaging away on their phones constantly!

Why is this new behavior catching the attention of health industry leaders and government officials? Because the more people have access to smart phones, the more popular mHealth will be; which leads to more money and lives saved. (more…)

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Push vs. Text

Alex Bettencourt - March 5, 2010

iphone push2 168x300 Push vs. TextMaybe you have or haven’t noticed, but text message rates are increasing this year from 10 to 20 cents a message. Many of us are left grumbling and wondering why.  Well, there actually isn’t much of an explanation, at least not one we can get our hands on.

When Senator Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin, asked major American phone companies about the text message rate increase, he received lengthy, but private written responses of the pricing plans.

Unfortunately, the responses are still not allowed to be released publicly. And when Randall Strauss of the New York Times tried to research this topic as well, his attempts to speak with mobile phone representatives were blocked. Big surprise.

What does this mean for us?

It might be time to look for other options, like push notifications. Push notifications alert your iPhone when a message has arrived from another service like Skype or Twitter. (more…)

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Medication Reminders - Home Devices

Alex Bettencourt - February 11, 2010

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Tips about Home Device Medication Reminders
When it comes to medications reminders, you have a number of choices, from those that you wear, to reminders that come on your phone, to devices that are used in your own home.

Home medication reminder devices have developed into so much more than the old fashioned pill box dispenser. They’re more compact and convenient than ever. (more…)

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Medication Reminders - Alarm Watches

Alex Bettencourt - February 10, 2010

Remember your Pills with an Alarm Watch
Medication reminders come in all sorts of shapes in sizes. One of the most popular types of medication reminders come in watch form.

Getting a watch alarm is a great idea if you are active. You never have to worry about losing your medication reminder because it’s on you.

So, how do you choose the right medication alarm watch? It’s probably best to start searching online. One of the most popular websites to look for alarm watch medication reminders is ePill.

What Alarm Watch is Right for You?
Although this site can be overwhelming, it’s best to just to type in “alarm watch” in the search box. As you navigate straight to your list of choices, think about other types of criteria you want in your medication reminder alarm watch.

* Do you want your alarm watch to be digital or normal?

* Do you want a pocket watch or wristwatch?

* Do you want the option of having more than 12 alarms or more? Or less?

* Do you want your medical ID on it, or do you prefer a subtle look?

There are a lot of options and prices to having a medication reminder watch. You’ll see that most of them are not cheap and range between $70.00 - $90.00. (more…)

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What’s New With RememberItNow!

Alex Bettencourt - February 5, 2010

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Drum roll please… We have emerged from our winter cocoon and we’re ready to share our exciting new features!

Online Help

We are introducing an innovative way to help customers. The next time you need support, we can personally help you without over the phone hassle. How is this possible? Well, we have enabled new software updates that allow us to log into your account and share your screen.

You might be thinking, “What?! I don’t want people just logging in and out of my account.” Don’t worry. This is only enabled with your permission, and we’re allowed only a  limited time to help support your problem.

Medical History

You may have noticed the new Medical History tab on your account page. If you haven’t, check it out. Now you can quickly add medical events with a click of an orange button. With our easy to fill-in categories, your medical history can be ready in minutes. This can be accessed from anywhere online, and it can be shared with anyone you choose.

(more…)

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Medical History Arrives at RememberItNow!

Alex Bettencourt - January 29, 2010

We would like to give a warm welcome to our new Medical History section today! It has now become another important member of the RememberItNow! family.

You only have to complete your RememberItNow! medical history form once and it’s ready to share with anyone.  Find it by clicking on your Account user name in the top right corner. Then you will see Medical History in the center of your page.

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Take a look and see how easy it is to also add an event in your Medical History. Just click the big orange button that says, “Add Event”; it’s that simple because we make eHealth easy.

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We all know gathering your medical history is a pain. It’s not something you do every day, but when you need to, it always seems to be in a crunch. And if you can’t find all the pieces you need, RememberItNow! remembers your medical history for you. (more…)

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RememberItNow! Featured in Diablo Magazine

Alex Bettencourt - January 27, 2010

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Thanks to all the hard work our PR team has done (me), RememberItNow! has had some more luck in getting coverage! For those of you who live in the San Francisco East Bay area, you might be familiar with Diablo Magazine.

If you’re not familiar with Diablo Magazine, I’ll fill you in. It’s one of the most chic and popular publications from the Tri Valley area to the Berkeley Hills.

We were so excited to see RememberItNow! spotlighted in the famous “Speak of the Devil” section, because we really wanted to showcase our success with local friends and family.

It was even more pleasing to see Diablo Mag advise readers to consider our eHealth service if they are worried about their loved one’s health.

“Do you worry whether your dad took his heart pills? Well, worry no more, since the creation of RememberItNow!…”

Read more from this article here, “A Healthy Reminder” and let us know what you think!

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Healthcare IT Predictions We Like

Pamela Swingley - January 19, 2010

Chilmark Research has picked their Top 10 healthcare IT predictions for 2010. A tricky task given this fast changing market.

Here are three predictions that bode well for RememberItNow! Read the entire top 10 here.

  • Consolidation will Accelerate: Large HIT vendors will acquire smaller firms to either meet meaningful use guidelines (e.g. acquire PHR company to meet 2013 requirements) and move into adjacent downstream markets. Don’t be surprised if a large IT vendor from outside the industry makes a buy to move into this now lucrative market.
  • Second Gen mHealth Apps Enter Market – Melding of Smartphones and Devices Remains Nascent: With literally thousands of mHealth apps now available, most of them crappy one dimensional apps, we will begin seeing more sophisticated mHealth apps enter the market.
  • Baby Boomers Struggle Caring for Their Parents – Seek Solutions: In the last week in casual conversation the topic of caring for elderly parents among my baby boomer peers has come up on several occasions.  This is quickly becoming a very big problem for many of us as we struggle to insure our parents are healthy, or at least being well taken care of, while we reside in the next city, state or maybe even country.

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RememberItNow! Launches eHealth Survey Using Social Media Channels

Alex Bettencourt - December 9, 2009

Innovative online poll seeks feedback from healthcare, long-term care, and employee benefits professionals on a new eHealth service.

Orinda, CA (PRWEB) December 9, 2009 — RememberItNow! LLC, today announced the launch of a research project that leverages social media channels to gather feedback on a new patient-centric eHealth service. The online service includes medication reminders, a personal health record, and private care community.

“We built RememberItNow! by continually listening to the needs of patients and caregivers,” notes Pamela Swingley, founder of RememberItNow!

“Now that we are closer to launch, insight from a variety of industry professionals is just as critical. As a start-up in a fast-moving industry, leveraging social media channels is simply the fastest and least expensive method for us to get feedback.”

After watching an entertaining flash-based overview of the service, viewers are asked for feedback through a short poll. RememberItNow! distributed the survey presentations through several social media channels. The company aims to quickly reach a wide audience of professionals who share honest insights into the value of the eHealth service for their industry.

To clarify the benefits for each market segment, RememberItNow! designed three different presentations and polls for the following audiences:

* Employee benefits: View the presentation: HR/Benefit Professionals: Tell Us What You Think

* Long-term care: View the presentation: Long-term Care Professionals: Tell Us What You Think

* HMOs and medical groups: View the presentation: Health Care Professionals: Tell Us What You Think

Two online free tools were used to create the polls. Prezi, the revolutionary, flash-based presentation system was used to create the dynamic overviews. Prezi presentations can be quickly shared via link, or easily embedded into a blog. Survey data is captured and analyzed by SurveyGizmo, an easy-to-use web-survey tool. “Not only do these tools work really well, they both have free versions,” recommends Swingley.

The survey was distributed through social media networks, including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and bloggers.  ”We started building online relationships before we wrote a single line of code,” recalls Swingley. These relationships have been key in getting early market feedback, and they became the foundation for our poll distribution.

Swingley reads every single response, and reports that early feedback has been rewarding. “Respondents have been very generous in sharing their professional insights on our concept, what they like and what we need to do better. The polls are still open, so let us know what you think.”

About RememberItNow! LLC
RememberItNow! makes eHealth easy. Designed from the patient’s point-of-view, it is simple to schedule medication reminders, maintain a personal health record, and create a care community. Getting started is fast and free at www.rememberitnow.com

RememberItNow’s patient-centric SaaS platform is also available through a licensing agreement to healthcare providers, employers, and long-term care facilities. Headquartered in Orinda, CA, RememberItNow! is privately held.

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