Once seen as the place technological innovation went to die, health records are seeing a resurgence of interest as companies roll out creative new ways to let people interact with their health information.
One of those startups, PicnicHealth, has a clear mission: Make it possible for users to access all of their medical encounters, no matter how unwieldy the format. The company has built a system to field everything from PDFs to unstructured doctor’s notes to let its users focus on self-care rather than data management.
“Turning unstructured data into structured data is really meaningful,” said Noga Leviner, the chief executive officer of PicnicHealth, which she co-founded in 2014. “We want to make it so you don’t have to worry about where all the necessary data is and where it’s coming from.”