Spectrum widens patient access with smartphone app

Michigan-based nonprofit system Spectrum Health recently debuted its new MySpectrum smartphone app, which allows patients to access their personal health information through the system's web-based patient portal. The app is similar to one just launched across the country in California that serves select patients of Sutter Health.

Through the portal, patients already can pre-register for treatments, set appointments, view outstanding balances, pay bills, access discharge summaries and test results and receive messages from the health system. The new free app also allows patients to:

  • Determine wait times at Spectrum Health's urgent care locations.
  • Check medical symptoms, and determine if they should contact a doctor; and
  • Obtain addresses, maps, estimated drive times and phone numbers for Spectrum Health locations.

Data is aggregated from six different information systems and delivered through the provider's Ensemble product, from Cambridge, Mass.-based InterSystems Corp., according to an InterSystems press release.

"MySpectrum combines patient and consumer functionality, allowing Spectrum Health to offer patients electronic access to their medical records," Kim Gordon, the system's integrated solutions manager, tells Healthcare IT News.

The app is available for iPhones, iPod touch, and iPad devices, as well as Android and BlackBerry smartphones, hospital officials say.

To learn more:
- read about the Spectrum app
- here's the Healthcare IT News article
- watch the app in action, check out this video