Above: A digital doctor's office
There is no cure for the headache induced by excessive paperwork every time you visit the doctor’s office. So its no surprise that as tablet computer come to replace clipboards and smartphones become ubiquitous among patients, the medical app DrChrono is gaining some traction.
The service, which claims to have signed up 50,000 doctors and 400,000 patients, has raised a $2.8 million round of seed funding, reports the NY Times, from Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and Google’s anti-spam czar Matt Cutts.
The app, which is free for physicians, helps both the doctor and patient to monitor prescriptions, remember the details of previous visits, and engage with one another in between trips to the office. Doctors can use it to take photo and video for comparison between visits. There is also a freehand drawing tool for things like marking up X-rays.
The startup makes money offering premium services like integrated billing and storage for medical records. It even promises an end to the wild scrawl doctors have made famous on their prescription pads, with its own dictation software.
The company began life in New York, but moved west for Y Combinator and has settled in the Valley ever since.