Andaman7 – Your Personal Health Record - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes, I have more than 15 years of experience in coding and an additional 15 years of technical and architectural experience. I have developed mobile, desktop, and server projects. The largest part of my experience is in medical software.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

This mobile app is actually a lot more than the mobile part because it includes server software and exchange mechanisms between mobile apps. What is very challenging in this sector is the privacy aspects as well as the security of information. That requires cryptography procedures to safeguard information at rest and in transit. An additional difficulty is how to make very complex information in a health record easily understandable by a patient. This required a lot of work.

With 20 years of experience in the health IT sector, Vincent has developed numerous systems in Belgium, some of which continue to be used by 90% of hospitals in the country. In 2011, Vincent was recognized as the national CIO of the year. Andaman7 is his third company.

When Vincent was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007 and his 10-year-old son was diagnosed with bone cancer 3 months later, he decided to use his software engineering skills to provide all patients with a tool to manage their health information on their smartphone: Andaman7. The tool is associated with a platform to help pharma and medical device manufacturers run clinical trials and engage patients with PRO (Patient Reported Outcomes) and RWD (Real World Data).

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

I really like Omnifocus: that is the application I use the most. I also use Evernote, Gmail on mobile, Time buddy, Google drive/docs/sheets/slides, WhatsApp, Slack, Waze, etc. When I kill background applications, I usually kill 50 of them! I'm always surprised at the number of applications I use regularly.

How long have you been working on this app?

5 years with a team of 5 persons.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

Today, patients do not have access to their health data in an easy way. The data is stored in many systems belonging to hospitals and doctors. It is a real shame that probably the most important data about us is not accessible to us. We have access to our pictures, contacts, our events and calendar, our documents, Music, bank... so just about anything except our health data, which may be the most important one. I wanted to give control back to patients on the health data.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

One of our main differentiators is the fact that we want to fully respect the patient and their data. Therefore the company does not use the data of patients and we don't even have access to it. All the data of patients is stored on their smartphone and only there. If the patient wants to contribute to research projects or remote monitoring with the hospital, they need to give their prior full consent. So the patients are in full control of their data. This is pretty unique on the market. And how technology supports that by storing data only on the “edge”, which means on the smartphone. And our exchange platform is a peer-to-peer mechanism that does not store any data in the Cloud.
We have also a number of other technical innovations described in this white paper:

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We already support 22 languages. We want to add new ones. We also have an integrated services layer to allow third parties to offer services to patients. We plan to increase those services. We also have medication adherence inside the app which we plan to improve going forward. Actually we have a very long list of additional features to add. We just need to prioritise!

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

To help us promote this app which is part of a social project, see Everything is free for the patient and we try to get revenue from hospitals and other stakeholders. We would also like the help of users to convince their hospital to free up their data so that all patients can finally be in control of their health data. This is also the law in many countries but it is not the reality for many patients. Patients that want to help can contact us at this email address: [email protected].

Andaman7 – Your Personal Health Record

About App:

Free app designed by patients for patients. Integrate your complete health history. Decide what you share and with whom. Manage your health with the ones you trust.

Patients, doctors, and healthcare providers can now access, collect, and share their personal and patient’s health records. You can collect and store your electronic medical records, vitals, allergies, medications, vaccinations, hospital admissions, lab results, emergency contacts, medical history, medical imaging, and more. The app connects with other Apple Health enabled apps and smart devices such as iWatch, weighing scale, glucose meter, blood pressure monitor, medical devices, and others.

You can securely share part or all of your records with family members and other doctors. No data is stored in the cloud. Data is stored locally and exchanged directly, from person to person, no one other than you and the people you trust will have access to your data.

Doctors and health care providers can connect and share medical records with patients, outpatient facilities, other hospitals, organizations active in clinical studies or research with explicit consent from patients to participate in patient-reported outcome or experience initiatives.

Categories: Medical

Date: May 8, 2020

Developer: Vincent Keunen

About developer: With 20 years of experience in the health IT sector, Vincent has developed n ... Read more



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