Patient Oriented Electronic Medical (POEM) Records™ [1]

Dear Blog readers,

I am back! First I apologize for the long absence. As you will see, I have been involved with consultations on something that is revolutionizing health care! For the first time, a team within a start-up company, Zobreus, has returned control and power to the consumer (patient) of health care. They created the Patient Oriented Electronic Medical (POEM) Records™ They have built the first and only real electronic medical record (EMR) for you and me and it is on a mobile device!

Let me introduce the group through this Law Journal article titled:

“From Kasowitz to Kickstarter: Iraq Vet Eyes Medical Records Revolution”

The whole article is presented below, to ease retrieval for all.

I shall have more to write the company and their Kickstarter in the coming days. I will focus more on the levelling of the landscape, so poor and rich alike can freely participate in health care without fear of loss of personal privacy or fear about their data security.

Here’s the Law Journal article in its entirety Please read on:

‘A veteran of both the Iraq War and the scramble for partnership at an Am Law 100 firm, L. Okey Onyejekwe Jr., is used to challenges.

So maybe it’s not surprising that Onyejekwe, a 40-year-old IP litigator in Silicon Valley, left the partnership at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman last month to focus on his new job as CEO of Zobreus Medical Corp., a startup mobile and health technology company. As of late Thursday, Zobreus had raised more than $11,000 on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter toward a $50,000 fundraising goal in its quest to develop a patient-oriented electronic medical record (POEM) app.

“Okey is such a unique guy, he’s as well positioned as any to succeed with this,” says Latham & Watkins’ IP co-leader Douglas Lumish, a former head of Kasowitz’s Silicon Valley IP group who has been a mentor to Onyejekwe. “I’m super excited for him and believe he’ll have nothing but success.”

Onyejekwe is understandably passionate about his new product, given his career trajectory from medical school student to U.S. Air Force flight surgeon and IP litigator. Now Onyejekwe, along with Zobreus cofounder Patrick Ohiomoba, a programming friend, is ready to add entrepreneur to that resume.

“One of things that squeezed the joy out of medical practice for me was the processing of notes,” says Onyejekwe, who graduated from Ohio State University in 2000 with a medical degree before a three-year residency at Columbia University. “Ask any doctor, and it’s generating and reviewing paperwork and other ancillary administrative stuff that frustrates them and drains resources. Some doctors spend up to 20 percent of their time just typing notes. It’s too much drudgery.”

As a member of the Air Force Reserve, Onyejekwe still works overnight emergency room shifts at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto. He says he reached his breaking point when it took more than two weeks for him to get together the paperwork showing he’d received a flu shot, a requirement for doctors at the VA.

After witnessing medical breakthroughs in trauma treatment during the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—“We had an amazing survival rate; if you got to us alive, you’d most likely stay alive,” says Onyejekwe—he was troubled by the low-tech logjam presented by reams of paper records. (Onyejekwe spoke with The Am Law Daily back in 2008 prior to his tour of duty in Iraq at Balad Air Base outside Baghdad.)

Last August he and Ohiomoba began rolling out prototypes for a product that will allow doctors and patients to carry electronic medical records on their mobile devices at all times, consolidating the paperwork from various health care providers who often don’t do a good job of talking with one another.

While there are other forms of electronic medical records, he says no one else has a patent on theautomated workflow tool and pipeline architecture necessary to help families, patients and doctors download and share medical records with one another after completing the appropriate registration to allow clearer lines of communication between all parties. Onyejekwe says that all information will remain private and secure, encrypted on individual mobile devices and Zobreus’ servers.

“We’ve got a shoestring budget and a small team, and while we have good days and bad days, I really think we’ve got an idea that will resonate,” Onyejekwe says. “We want a seat at the table for the change we see coming between doctors and patients. My value comes from being a physician and patent litigator, and Patrick is the programming wizard from Harvard.”

Onyejekwe says that, besides Ohiomoba, another investor and adviser includes Shearman & Sterling capital markets associate Jesse Cuevas, a former classmate at Stanford Law School. (Cuevas, who is on paternity leave from his firm, was unavailable for immediate comment.)

Kasowitz was supportive as Onyejekwe started getting serious about developing Zobreus last year, he says of the firm where he made partner nearly two years ago this month. But eventually the amount of time Onyejekwe found himself dedicating to the startup, as well as the potential conflicts that arose, forced him to make a tough call.

“I’ve got three kids, a home and mortgage, so this wasn’t a decision I made lightly,” says Onyejekwe. Many people have told him that he’s crazy to leave a secure partnership for an uncertain startup world. “But my kids should live in a world where their medical records are with them,” he adds. “I had a voice in my head telling me to take this shot. I didn’t want to give that up.”

And if it doesn’t work out, Onyejekwe knows he has more than enough like skills to fall back on.’


Update on the Kickstarter as of this posting: There are 90 backers who have raised over $13.6K with 22 days left. I invite you to join the campaign!

To get faster to the Kickstarter site for those who want to move ahead – Please

Mobilize Your Healthcare with the POEM Record™ by Zobreus Medical Corporation by clicking here

Thank you.

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