Personal Clouds come in many shapes and sizes. Drimpy (what’s in a name?) is a social platform for patients and healthcare workers to facilitate better and more efficient communication and can act as your Personal Health Cloud. In contrast to the EPD (Elektronisch patiëntendossier) initiative, emerging health platforms like Drimpy are – like all social media – voluntary. Could this be an EPD alternative?
Privacy and security concerns were major reasons to stall the EPD initiative. Unfortunately the Drimpy site looks flimsy, amateurish and lacks basic security (we were able to register as patient and as health care worker using fake names, addresses and credentials). But above all we miss a transparent business model behind Drimpy’s platform to understand their motives. We do welcome these social health initiatives but fear a serious Personal Health Cloud is still far away.