The new health app from Stanford Health Care, MyHealth, integrates the provider's Epic EHR and Apple Healthkit into its own user experience. The firm decided not to use Epic's app, MyChart, and Stanford president and CEO Amir Dan Rubin explained it like this:
“At Stanford Health Care, we are reinventing how health care is delivered and our new custom MyHealth app is an important milestone in our efforts,” he said in a statement. “We provide care for some of the most technologically sophisticated patients in the country, whose lives revolve around innovation. After carefully evaluating all of the available mobile technologies, we recognized that to meet the needs and expectations of our patients we had to develop our own solution that worked seamlessly with our existing electronic health record system.”
TL;DR – we didn’t like it and felt we could do better.
The app does what you would expect, show test results etc. However, it includes two features that are important for pushing the boundaries of mHealth:
- Allows the app to push data into the Epic EHR. This is the first app we’ve heard of that is able to do that and that functionality may be a direct result of recent FDA guidances that loosen up its definition of mobile medical apps and medical data systems.
- Integrates with the Stanford ClickWell Care telemedicine service. The movement of clinical interactions out of the exam room and onto digital platforms is slowly becoming a reality and it’s good to see it integrated directly onto this app.
Health marketers need to be aware of these digital tools as they grow from niche offerings to mass market adoption so that we can provide out information on the right channels and in the right forms for new audience expectations.
Other stories from MobiHealthNews last week:
- Ochsner’s O Bar connects patients with more than 200 health apps
- Studies still lacking on patient portal usage, efficacy
- Study: Smartphone apps count steps more accurately than wearables
- Messaging app WeChat adds WeChat Sports for fitness tracking