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Former Allscripts CEO moves into mHealth with new startup

By Jennifer Bresnick

After leaving Allscripts in December of 2012 under less than ideal circumstances, former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman is beginning a new chapter in his healthcare career: investing in a mobile health startup company through his 7Wire Ventures investment firm.  Speaking to MobiHealthNews, Tullman confirmed that the new project will help patients manage chronic diseases and aid providers in population health management at the same time.

Mobile technology is the new frontier, according to Tullman, and will help engage patients by bringing care directly to their pockets.  “If you want to engage patients or consumers, you can either build a portal and hope they go to it, or you can go to them,” he says. “Use a device that’s ubiquitous,” he suggests.  With at least 53% of the US population owning a smartphone, mHealth is becoming increasingly important in reaching out to patients.

But patients aren’t the only ones Tullman wants to reach.  Consumers in general are his target market, and his ideas extend far beyond meaningful use and incentive programs.  Patients are ill, he explains, but consumers are healthy and want to stay that way.  “No one wants to be a patient,” Tullman says. “You don’t want to consume hospital services. [Healthcare] should be consumer-centric.  When it doesn’t work, then it becomes patient-centric.”

Preventative healthcare, including engagement with mHealth apps that promote healthy lifestyle choices, provide resources, and monitor patients remotely to ensure better quality of life, can revolutionize the way consumers experience the healthcare system.  Tullman plans to look at ways to reinvent the consumer-facing aspect of healthcare, as well as ways to use technology and mobile devices to increase quality while reducing costs.

Tullman’s resignation from the EHR giant came during a tumultuous period in Allscripts’ history, including several lawsuits, speculation of a sale, and the shuttering of twelve offices.  He was replaced by Paul M. Black, formerly COO of Cerner Corporation.  Tullman’s investment company 7Wire Ventures, formed with ex-Allscripts President and COO Lee Shapiro, will focus on backing and acquiring innovative thinkers in the mHealth space.  Tullman expects to release further details on his new project in the next few months.

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