Timelines is an app for managing chronic medical conditions, designed by members of the multiple sclerosis community.
It accesses your HealthRecords from 500+ participating hospitals and 6500+ office locations, and visualizes them on a longitudinal timeline. It allows you to filtering by category and topics, edit entries, and add self-reported conditions, symptoms, medications, and more.
Timelines can be accessed on multiple devices, including phone, tablet, and desktop; and displays beautifully on high definition monitors with the addition of a video adapter.
Users may find a longitudinal timeline useful when tracking care plan progress, medication changes, preparing for second-opinion consultations, resolving mis-diagnoses, conducting pre-surgical planning, monitoring post-operative stepdown, monitoring remote patients, investigating medical malpractice, and many other uses.
It may be of particular interest to users with histories of childhood illnesses, multiple complex conditions, autoimmune disorders, undergoing cancer treatment, recovering addicts, or who are managing graceful aging. Anybody managing 20+ years or more of medical records may find this software useful.
Yes, this is $200 software. It’s packed with features, and is one of the few Continuity of Care Documents (CCD-A) viewers/editors currently available.
2. Similar Apps
This software is a mashup of Adobe Acrobat, Ableton, and Final Cut Pro… if those products had been designed for healthcare. Symptomatic is similar toAdobe Acrobat because it fetches Continuity of Care Documents from your hospital, which is vaguely similar to a PDF or FAX. And it’s similar to Ableton and Final Cut Pro because it displays health data from those documents in a longitudinal timeline.
2. Product Comparisons
We tend to think of this software as similar to a pair of eyeglasses or an ergonomic chair. Nonessential and a luxury for most, but well worth its price to it's intended market.
3. Target Demographic
For this initial release, we’re looking for power users, early adopters, biohackers, quantified self enthusiasts, health IT professionals, clinicians, bioinformaticists, futurists, and others who have disposable income and/or motivating interests to track their own healthcare. Knowledge of code editors, JSON, XML, DICOM, VCF, CCD-A, and other data formats is useful, as well as familiarity with ICD10, LOINC, SNOMEDCT, and medical coding terminologies.
4. Business Model
Unlike other apps, we are a scrappy startup, patient-owned, self-funded, and this software does not rely on advertisements or in-app subscriptions. So we’re just directly selling it to you the consumer.
5. Profit Usage
The listed price allows me to pay off my grad-school loans and finance continuing medical education, while keeping the lights and servers on, build a team, fix bugs, travel to conferences, keep up to date with changes in the interoperability protocols, and otherwise build this application as a business. We’d like to hire employees to develop this idea, provide health insurance, retirement plans, a design studio, and so forth.
6. Freemium Model
We intend to eventually offer a viewer-only version of the software for free. We welcome conversations with health plan administrators on how their plans might underwrite access to Symptomatic for their members.
7. Scaling Throttle
Marketing aside, we have a lot of improvements to make before the app is ready to scale. So we’re also using the price to throttle the number of users on-ramping into the system. We need thousands of people to sign up during this next phase of growth, not millions. Not yet.
8. Price Increases
We intend to release more features in the desktop version and medical home version, which will position the overall product along various media server products.