Mount Sinai platform makes prescribing apps easy

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has launched an enterprise-wide platform allowing doctors to prescribe apps to patients just like they would a medication.

Called RxUniverse, the platform provides an “app store” of curated, evidence-based applications that’s incorporated into the New York City-based health system’s digital prescription delivery system.

As described in a video, a physician can go into a patient’s digital medical record, select an app and have a link to it sent to the patient’s smartphone:

Conference

13th Partnering with ACOS & IDNS Summit

This two-day summit taking place on June 10–11, 2019, offers a unique opportunity to have invaluable face-to-face time with key executives from various ACOs and IDNs from the entire nation – totaling over 3.5 million patients served in 2018. Exclusively at this summit, attendees are provided with inside information and data from case studies on how to structure an ACO/IDN pitch, allowing them to gain the tools to position their organization as a “strategic partner” to ACOs and IDNs, rather than a merely a “vendor.”

Mount Sinai launched a pilot of the platform in August at five clinical areas with a goal of having 100 apps prescribed in six weeks, yet providers and patients alike embraced it, and more than 2,000 apps were ordered.

The platform eliminates the problem of finding effective health apps from the hundreds of thousands on the market, makes prescribing them easy for clinicians, and offers a way to help patients take more control of their health, according to an announcement.

The technology also can be used to provide educational content, patient satisfaction surveys, and other tools that can be sent digitally to individual patients or population groups.

The Sinai AppLab, which created the platform, and Mount Sinai Innovation Partners have teamed up to launch a startup company called Responsive Health that will commercialize RxUniverse for use at other health systems.

Startup Happtique was working on a similar vetted app catalog in 2012. It ultimately was acquired by Las Vegas-based digital health company SocialWellth, which offers private, healthcare-focused app stores.

Suggested Articles

The FTC is suing Surescripts, accusing the health IT company of employing illegal restraints to maintain its monopolies over the e-prescribing market.

Boston-based Athenahealth is laying off a portion of its workforce to “decrease bureaucracy and consolidate capabilities" as part of a reorganization.

Amid last week’s opioid prescriber crackdown, the Justice Department coordinated with local agencies to deploy health workers to help pain patients.