Palm and Tolven bring open source electronic patient health records to Treo smartphones

Sunnyvale 26 February 2007Palm Inc. and Tolven Inc. have made available open source electronic Personal Health Record (ePHR) solutions on Palm Treo smartphones. The Tolven ePHR, an intuitive web-based application, lets users create, view, store and share extensive health care information, including medical history, medication lists, doctor's orders, laboratory results and immunization records - or simply monitor and capture blood glucose levels in the privacy of their homes. With Treo smartphones, patients, their families and clinicians can securely connect to health records via the Internet virtually anywhere.

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"Imagine visiting your doctor's office and not having to complete any forms when all of the information needed is already available and can be shared pro-actively with your care provider via your Treo smartphone", stated Neil Cowles, chief executive officer for Tolven. "Putting this information securely in the hands of consumers encourages them to become more engaged in their care management. For health care providers, whether an office-based physician or nurse or the paramedic in the field, this solution promises to help avoid unnecessary risks and delays in treatment."

Innovations in the delivery of health care information technology solutions, such as offering open source ePHR on mobile devices, pave the way for improvements in clinical outcomes and reductions in the cost of health care delivery. With ePHR, users securely collate information from a number of sources, including self-entered data and records provided by participating care providers and payers. Patients have the authority to grant access to these records to emergency service providers, on behalf of themselves or those they look after, such as aged relatives, children and those with disabilities.

"Pairing the Treo smartphone with Tolven's ePHR solution lets consumers interact with their health records for alerts, reminders and clinical data recording on the go, rather than logging onto a personal computer", stated Gail Moody-Byrd, director of health care marketing for Palm Inc. "The mobility of the Treo smartphone, its ease of use and touch-screen design makes ePHR a far more dynamic tool for capturing vital health information, such as blood glucose levels and blood pressure."

The adoption of ePHRs has rapidly grown over the past few years. A recent study performed for the Markle Foundation found that two-thirds of the public - 65 percent - is interested in accessing their own personal health information electronically. This finding is consistent with a number of initiatives around the world that are striving to meet consumer demand by spurring improvements in quality of care.

ePHR is available today as a free download. The electronic Personal Health Record is initially being made available on the Treo 680 smartphone, and over the coming months will be offered on other Treo smartphone models.

As an open source solution, the Tolven platform and applications can be deployed without purchasing any software licenses. A full complement of components necessary to use Tolven solutions are also available through the open source community, including databases, application servers, rules engines and work flow engines.

Tolven aims to make open source health care information solutions that realize the true potential of the latest technology available to all - while bridging the gap between consumers, employers and health care providers.

The informing vision of Tolven is to develop the most innovative health informatics and service delivery solutions, with global applicability. Tolven is accomplishing this goal by leveraging the affordable nature and quality of open source software development to provide high quality-low cost secure electronic health record solutions for consumers and clinicians alike. The open standards and open source business model that Tolven has adopted facilitate rapid collaborations with other open source developers working in the health care and life science marketplaces. These collaborations will accelerate the vitally necessary integration of health care and life science solutions available in the marketplace. Tolven software is distributed freely to the open source community under GNU LGPL license terms.

Palm Inc., an expert in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people's hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company's products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm Treo smartphones and Palm handheld computers, as well as software, services and accessories. Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm on-line stores. More company news is available in the VMW June 2004 article HealthRamp purchases palmOne handhelds to advance electronic prescribing initiatives.


Leslie Versweyveld

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