The words “health” and “care” often prompt images of an industry struggling with long waits, mazes of papers and stacks of credit card bills.
Michael Perretta thought it was time there was a product that gave people more confidence and certainty as they waded through the river of doctors and health practitioners in the United States. He wanted to make healthcare more accessible and put patients on an even playing field with their care providers.
“We like to imagine Docket as a loyal sidekick,” Perretta said of his product, which allows patients to take a commanding role in reporting, consolidating and distributing their personal health information.
“Communicating personal health-related information is often unnerving. Docket is an outlet designed to encourage patients to be more open and forthcoming about important issues.”
After a few years working in the health care tech sector, Perretta said he was also seeking to make something that reduced waste, both in terms of health care spending and opportunities for effective patient engagement.
“The call to innovate and disrupt healthcare is addicting,” said Perretta, a native of Connecticut who now calls himself a New Yorker. “I can’t shake it.”
Perretta worked in private equity throughout his time in college but quickly realized that there was more opportunity as a new graduate in the booming market for healthcare technology. He got to work on Docket, but did not necessarily know how to start.
So he did what most people with new ideas do: he started doodling in notebooks and making mock-ups in Photoshop. He even filed a nonprovisional utility patent application.
Making It Work
After engaging with Gigster he has made a platform that works. Docket consists of two components: a mobile app for patients and a web portal for care providers. Doctors have to be on the Docket platform, but registration and continued use is free.
Patients download Docket, and a component of the app helps patients consolidate their medical information through questionnaires that cover insurance, emergency contacts, immunizations, allergies, previous surgeries, current/past medical conditions and family histories.
When patients get to an appointment they scan a QR code in lieu of filling out paperwork. That scan is the “OK” to transfer their medical records. Once Docket is released, Perretta and others will work with doctors to assess whether Docket has enhanced patient-doctor interaction.
Perretta, who has a philosophy degree from Boston College, said that the key to his success so far has been the people around him, who have helped make an idea into a reality. Docket’s chief technology officer is his freshman year college roommate (and the reason he moved to Brooklyn), and his chief financial officer is an old friend.
“Aligning myself with the right people is my most impressive accomplishment thus far,” he said.
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