Access to top-tier specialists, second opinions and timely appointments. That's what the savviest and most connected patients get when they're faced with a serious medical condition.
Technology company Grand Rounds has developed tools it says provide that same level of service to everyone else.
The company's technology platform helps connect patients who want a second opinion on a diagnosis or treatment plan with physicians who are experts in their conditions. These physicians, who may be located up the block or thousands of miles away, agree to review those patients' medical records and offer feedback on how they should proceed.
Grand Rounds was founded in 2011 as ConsultingMD. Co-founder Owen Tripp previously helped create Reputation.com, a software company that helps businesses manage their online reputations.
His partner in Grand Rounds, Dr. Lawrence Hofmann, is chief of interventional radiology at Stanford (Calif.) Hospital.
“We got together to develop a technology platform that can get insider access,” said Tripp, who is also the company's CEO.
Grand Rounds' primary customers are employers that want tools to help guide their workers in their sponsored health plans to high-quality, cost-effective care.
The company also sells a software program called ExpertLink, which allows hospitals to perform remote consults under their own brand with their own experts.