The healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente has released an application for Android phones and a mobile-enabled Website that allows its members to view a variety of information related to their care.
Kaiser Permanente's app links to the mobile-enabled Website where members may view some of their health records including many lab tests performed. Members may use the app to send email to their doctors, schedule appointments, and fill prescriptions. The app also allows users to search for Kaiser Permanente medical locations via GPS.
Kaiser Permanente will offer an iPhone app "in coming months, but any phone with mobile browser may access the site. The company tells TechCrunch that mobile devices represent 14 percent of visits to its desktop site, an increase of 46 percent since January 2011.
Kaiser Permanente, which says it has the largest medical system in the world, previously released two other cellphone apps. One basic app is used for searching for the locations of the organization's healthcare facilities, and the second app encourages Americans to walk for their health.
Kaiser Pemanente isn't the only healthcare provider to develop apps or enter the mobile health space. For example, medical insurance company Aetna has purchased several electronic-related healthcare companies, such as Healthagen, which offers a free health information app, iTriage.
Heathcare organizations are increasingly entering the mobile health field, and are looking to enhance their basic applications with more features. As I wrote for Internet Evolution sister site Enterprise Efficiency, it's time for enterprises to explore the potential of mobile health initiatives.
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