patient advocacy tool

What is Unblock Health?

Unblock Health is a first-in-class patient advocacy tool designed for patients and consumers who are determined to be empowered in their health care journey and are no longer willing to accept traditional barriers to their information. Unblock Health is armed and ready to address common, real-world, unmet needs patients, their carepartners, and consumers face daily.

Unblock Health is designed to:

  • hold healthcare organizations & care providers accountable when they do not release medical records in a timely, HIPAA compliant manner, while carefully tracking the process of interactions needed. Functionality is in place to publicly report both data blocking and HIPAA violators in real-time as well as to celebrate data liberators and access champions in the public domain

  • request patient-generated health data (PGHD) from mhealth & digital tech devices and apps.

  • request an itemized list of all the places that one’s health information has been “shared” or sold to facilitate transparency and awareness of human data science practices.

  • facilitate a digital workflow for the implementation of addendums that may be flagged by patients and carepartners upon review of their medical records and health information.

patient advocacy tool Unblock Health is the key to the top 4 barriers patients and consumers face in making informed decisions about their care

But what is the value of Unblock Health, you ask? Stay tuned for our next piece! Can’t wait that long? We don’t blame you! Dive in at https://www.unblock.health/ and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Yours in Data Unblocking Health,

Grace Cordovano & Shahid Shah

patient advocacy experience

The Birth of Unblock Health

Happy New Year 2020! With a new year and new decade upon us, we’d like to tell you the story of how Unblock Health was born.

Once upon a time, at HIT Expo 2018 in sunny New Orleans, a board-certified patient advocate and a health IT thought leader got to talking about patient unmet needs. The advocate fervently emphasized the struggles patients and their loved ones faced due to lack of interoperability, rampant data blocking, and little to no transparency while trying to navigate their life-altering diagnoses. The health IT thought leader emphasized the intricacies and challenges the IT community faced in delivering solutions. They both agreed that the sooner patients recognized that no one was coming to save them, the better off they would be. But once that realization came to fruition, how could patients be equipped with tools and strategies to stand a chance against the well-known barriers ahead?

Unblock Health is the culmination of over 20 years of boots-on-the-ground patient advocacy experience perfectly complemented with 30 years of leadership in digital tech, strategy, architecture, and engineering expertise to deliver an easy-to-use solution for the most neglected stakeholders in our health care ecosystem: the patient and their carepartner.

patient advocacy experience Patients need specific tools to drill through the barriers of data blocking.

We’ve personally and professionally witnessed the devastating, multi-faceted struggles people face while managing their care in the midst of a life-altering diagnosis. We’ve listened to patients’ frustrations and witnessed the barriers they face in accessing their data. We’ve heard patients demands for transparency and watched them be completely ignored. We know first-hand the grief, loss, anxiety, and distrust that stems from data blocking.

We have vowed to not stand back silently, powerlessly, and helplessly a moment longer.

What is Unblock Health? Stay tuned for our next piece! Can’t wait that long? We don’t blame you! Dive in at https://www.unblock.health/ and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Yours in Data Unblocking Health,

Grace Cordovano & Shahid Shah