Kaiser Permanente announced today that its nearly 9 million patients can now securely access their electronic medical records (EMRs) from a new, free mobile app on their Android devices or from other mobile devices via a mobile-optimized site. KP expects to launch an iPhone version of the app in the coming months, but it is notable the KP departed from the common practice of launching an iPhone app first followed by Android.
The healthcare system launched its first smartphone app last year: Kaiser Permanente offered an iPhone app, called KP Locator, that helps users locate its healthcare facilities last year.
The new mobile offerings grant Kaiser Permanente patients access to their lab test results and personal health records. They can also email their doctors, schedule appointments, refill prescriptions and locate Kaiser Permanente medical facilities right from the Android app or mobile site. Family members who are caring for a KP patient can also access the same services via their mobile devices, and those caring for elder patients can now refill prescriptions and communicate with the doctor’s office on behalf of the patient, too.
KP pointed out that its patients have been able to email their doctors for five years now, but the health system believes that making it even more convenient for patients by including the feature in the mobile app will lead to greater adoption of e-visits.
“This is the future of health care. Health care needs to be connected to be all that it can be. This new level of connectivity is happening real time, and it is happening on a larger scale than anything like it in the world,” stated George Halvorson, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente, in a press release. “The fact that a Kaiser Permanente patient in an emergency room in Paris or Tokyo can simply pull out their mobile device and have immediate and current access to their own medical information is an evolutionary and revolutionary breakthrough for medical connectivity.”
KP states that the mobile offerings use the same security safeguards that protect patient information on the traditional kp.org website. The measures include secure sign-on and automatic sign-out after the site detects user inactivity.
“The benefits of mobile extend beyond member engagement,” stated Philip Fasano, executive vice president and chief information officer, in a press release. “Mobile solutions can have a positive impact on health. Health care, itself, will be much more convenient for many people. The mobile-friendly site and app are also a springboard for new innovations that will inspire members to be aware of their health and take steps to improve it.”
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