Kaiser Permanente (KP), one of the largest healthcare organizations with over 9 million patients, recently announced the launch of its iOS health management app, available free of charge in the Apple iTunes store. This app has been previously available for Android devices, as was previously reported on by the iMedicalApps team.

This iPhone iteration brings all the same features and tools of the Android app and the My Health Manager on the KP website to the iOS platform. Members can email their providers, check lab test results, order prescription refills, and manage appointments — all from the convenience of their mobile phone, where and when they choose.

As we discussed previously, KP made an interesting choice to launch its app first on the Android platform. Since then, the Android app has seen nearly 100,000 downloads. In addition, the mobile-optimized KP site has received nearly 5 million visits since January. Given this popularity, it was likely just a matter of time before the iOS app was released.

With this more complete offering, KP could potentially have the farthest reaching mobile solution for its members. We’ve noted previously how many insurers are developing mobile tools for their members. Similarly, EHR vendors are creating similar offerings.

George Halvorson, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente explains the benefits of this app.

“Accessing health information and care from mobile devices is quickly becoming a new norm for care. We are probably the most electronically connected health care delivery system in the country, and we are using that connectivity and database to give our patients and members the connectivity they clearly want. We are constantly looking for ways to take connectivity to new levels. The mobile health toolkit gives us great opportunities to satisfy that demand.”

The concept of giving patients their health record can even improve their overall healthcare experience and can lead to improved patient outcomes. According to the article, secure patient-physician email messaging improves the effectiveness of care for patients with diabetes and hypertension. According to the press release,

The study included 35,423 patients with diabetes, hypertension, or both, in Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California region. The study found that use of secure patient-physician messaging in any two-month period was associated with statistically significant improvements in Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) care measurements. Results included 2 percent to 6.5 percent improvements in glycemic, cholesterol, and blood pressure screening and control.

Link to article from EE Times