Group Health, a Seattle, Washington based nonprofit healthcare organization has launched a medical app for their members that offers a wide variety of features — even allowing members to directly e-mail their physicians.
This should come as no surprise to those who have been following this revered Health Co-op. They have been been featured by the NY Times, CNN, and other medical publications due their innovative approach to patient care — such as embracing electronic medical records before everyone jumped on the bandwagon.
Some of the other interesting features this app will offer their patients: mobile access to medical records, which means a member can check their test results, making appointments, check immunization histories, view summaries of past visits, get routine care reminders and view their allergies and other health conditions.
Additionally, after visiting a Group Health clinic and registering on the website, the mobile app gives you direct access to securely call or text message a consulting nurse 24/7. There is even integrated GPS functionality that displays the nearest doctor’s office. Estimated wait times for prescriptions and an inclusive symptom checker are also available via the app.
“Group Health pioneered access to online medical records and ability to email doctors more than nine years ago,” said Gwen O’Keefe, MD, chief medical informatics officer for Group Health. “Today, when most health care systems are adopting electronic medical records, we’re able to take the tools our members have come to know and love on MyGroupHealth, and move them to the mobile environment so members have the freedom to engage when, where, and how they want.”
Future additions to the app include prescription refill orders and parental access to children’s online medical record.
Cory Schultz contributed to this post