PT Alumnus Launches Vintial App to Promote Personalized Healthcare

Written by Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis
Published on July 10, 2015

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kittleAlumnus DAVID KITTLE DPT’11 had one goal in mind when he started his career as a physical therapist four years ago: Bridge the communication gap between patients and healthcare providers.

After gaining a few years of experience in his field and learning more about the concerns and needs of his patients, Dr. Kittle came up with the idea to develop an app that allows healthcare providers to conveniently communicate with their patients via text message without exchanging phone numbers. That idea came to fruition after his healthcare app, dubbed Vinitial, launched last summer in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Marketplace.

“Providers—like physical therapists—can bolster their ability to be the most accessible healthcare providers by making themselves available to their patients after typical office hours,” said Dr. Kittle, a physical therapist at Metro SportsMed in Brooklyn, New York. “Patients and I often text between visits regarding changes in their symptoms, questions about home exercises, or having to reschedule their appointments due to inclement weather or other conflicts.”

Here’s how Vinitial works: First, a provider signs up with his or her name and e-mail address. Then, the provider fills out personal information, such as his or her practice’s name and location, specializations, and treatment methods. Once the provider signs up, he or she can encourage patients to maintain communication between visits and/or after discharge through Vinitial. If a patient signs up, he or she also only does so with a name and e-mail address. After that, the patient is instructed to send a test text message or the first “hello” to commence the two-way texting.

“This app guarantees that there is no chance of receiving calls or voicemails from patients late at night because it functions solely through text messages,” said Dr. Kittle. “If it’s truly a medical emergency, patients are urged to dial 911.”

quoteThis communication service remains private between the patient and provider because the conversations are one-to-one, without the ability to commence group texting. More particularly, Dr. Kittle said the app is secured with a Secure Socket Layer, which ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers to remain private and integral.

Although this app is free for patients and staff providers, there is a monthly membership that is paid by the practice owners. Dr. Kittle said his former classmate MIKE ST. GEORGE DPT’10 uses this service with patients, as does his former boss David Schuld, DPT, owner of Schuld Physical Therapy in Maple Shade, New Jersey.

“At the end of the day, Vinitial was designed based off of my own expectations as a patient,” said Dr. Kittle. “Personalized healthcare is what I want as a patient, and tech-savvy, forward-thinking healthcare practice owners understand that this app benefits both their patients and providers.”

For more information about the Vinitial app, visit vinitial.instapage.com or email dave@vinitial.com.


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