Glide Health, which launched at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco today, offers a set of web, desktop and mobile applications to allow healthcare professionals and patients to access their personal data in medical emergencies.
Glide Health’s founders say the lack of interoperability between incompatible, proprietary medical records systems results in wasteful spending and lost lives. The startup pulls a patient’s history from electronic medical records databases. Patients can also enter their own data by text or by audio. Glide Health shows events like results from blood tests or medical X-rays.
It’s compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Palm Pre, Symbian and Windows Mobile.
The company, based in New York City, was founded in January with about $1 million in seed money from private investors.
During treatment, Glide Health can arrange online meetings between different doctors treating a single patient. Patients can also log-in, report on how they are doing from treatment by making calls that are automatically transcribed into the system.
Glide Health charges an annual fee for doctors to use the service. There is also a potential revenue sharing model with group medical practices through advertising.
Here’s what judges at the conference had to say about the company.
Satish Dharmaraj, Redpoint Ventures: You’re onto something, but lots of people have tried to solve this problem, and no one has.
Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media: I like everything except for the possibility of advertising. I have a hard time believing you’ve really solved all these problems.