Patient engagement focus of health center's initial mHealth foray

A Kansas healthcare provider is using a new mobile app to shore up patient-healthcare provider communications and enhance its electronic health record system by providing patients with more tools for deeper engagement in healthcare issues and decision-making.

The a new mobile platform tool at Salina Regional Health Center (SRHC), which was developed by NavisHealth Solutions, lets patients view lab results, prescription information, track blood pressure readings and access hospital services using both iOS and Android devices, according to an announcement from NavisHealth. 

Salina Regional Engage is certified by the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and meets Meaningful Use requirements. Patients can view, download and transmit data to be more involved in healthcare, the announcement says.

The goal is to drive patient engagement, Michael McEldowney, information services director at SRHC, told FierceMobileHealthcare in an email interview. It's the first smartphone tool SRHC has deployed. The health center has had patient portals for hospitals and physician practices for a few years.

"As healthcare evolves and providers need patients engaged in their own healthcare tools like Engage become invaluable," McEldowney says. "Patients and providers are both involved in managing the health of our patient population. Tools like Engage, patient portals, social fitness sites, etc. help patients and providers collaborate faster and more directly than ever before.

More healthcare providers are adopting apps apps in the quest to improve patient care and the hospital experience, as well as reduce operational costs and drive efficiency.

John Hopkins Center for Sleep and an interdisciplinary team of sleep and mHealth app design experts created MySleep 101 software to identify common sleep issues that often go untreated. In addition, the Phoenix Children's Hospital is developing a digital mobile system for pediatric discharge, which will provide families customized patient care data via a tablet. 

At Salina Regional Health Center, the response and feedback on Salina Regional Engage, from patients and caregivers, has been extremely positive, says McEldowney, adding such tools allow patients to become much more active in managing their own healthcare.

For more information:
- read the announcement

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