Talk about an app whose time has come.
The first secure, HIPAA-compliant, real-time app has been created by Practice Unite.
“A secure, customizable, mobile application platform for healthcare organizations, the Practice Unite patient app … allows communication not only between clinicians but also directly between clinicians, care coordinator, home care aides, and their patients through the use of customized apps on their smartphone,” according to the company.
The Practice Unite platform and apps are designed to allow physicians, nurses, and authorized staff to connect and communicate with patients in real-time. It’s an asset for patients, who will be able to interact and receive faster responses from clinicians regarding medical questions, tests, or other important information.
And it’s all mobile.
“Practice Unite continues to innovate its offerings to help drive the future of mhealth,” said Dr. Stuart Hochron, MD and a co-founder of Practice Unite. “If we look at current communication tools used in healthcare—pagers, desk phones, email, EMRs, paper charts, and reports—they represent a culture of bottlenecks and breakdowns in communication. All of these tools impact the speed, quality, and safety of patient care.”
But the new app?
“The Practice Unite patient app is designed to positively impact the overall patient experience and to increase access to information, while creating two-way dialogues,” added Hochron.
One hospital — Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health, a 300-bed facility located in New Jersey — is already singing its praises. The medical center introduced the Practice Unite app about two years ago.
“We are excited to integrate the Practice Unite patient app into our existing Practice Unite platform. It has enabled our hospital to provide new benefits that our patient population has been asking for and new ways for us to connect with them,” said Joe Scott, FACHE, Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health’s, president and chief executive officer. “Our patients expect the convenience of communication that mobile technology in their pocket affords them – and we can now deliver that with Practice Unite.”
Recent research indicates that eight out of ten patients would like to communicate with their medical team or physician by smartphone.