An app will soon be up and running to help patients of Daviess Community Hospital and its clinics take a more active approach to healthcare.
Gayle Owens, a clinical analyst with DCH, said with any luck, the FollowMyHealth app, available for both Apple and Android devices, will give patients access to not only clinic records but also hospital records sometime early next month. The addition of records from the hospital will mean that both clinic and hospital records will be accessible in the same location.
“FollowMyHealth allows patients access to their medical information 24/7. Information from our clinics, as well the hospital, will all be in one central location,” said Owens, adding while FollowMyHealth is something the DCH clinics have offered for a couple of years now, it’s the information from both the hospital and clinics being available in one spot that’s new. “It puts our patients more in charge of their own information.”
For example, Owens said, should a patient be on vacation and need to seek medical treatment, he or she can access medical records, communicate privately with physicians via secure messaging, request prescriptions and more.
“Not only that but if we send you to a specialist, you can send your own medical records,” she said adding the app is free. “FollowMyHealth gives patients access to lab results too so there’s no more waiting around on a phone call. It puts everything in one spot for our patients.”
Initially FollowMyHealth only gave access to lab results but more features, Owens said, are added each year.
“Every year we’ve been able to step up its functionality,” she said, noting that links to social media and online bill pay are also available through FollowMyHealth.
Setting up an account, Owens said, takes only a few minutes.
“It just takes about 5 minutes,” she said, adding FollowMyHealth was first introduced about two years ago. “And for those without a smartphone or who need help getting their account set up, we have kiosks in the lobbies at most of our clinics and in admitting at the hospital.”
Owens said FollowMyHealth is also easily accessible via computer through the DCH website, www.dchosp.org, by clicking on Patient Portal login on the upper right side of the screen.
Family accounts can also be created to help better manage doctor’s appointments and other important information.
“When you set up an account, we can send reminders for appointments and send other notifications,” Owens said, adding those notification often include ways to protect oneself from the flu, information on sports physicals and more. “It’s a great feature for those taking care of several family members.”
Current FollowMyHealth users will receive an email when the hospital’s access goes live.
“If they already have a FollowMyHealth, they will get an email letting them know they can connect to DCH,” she said. “All they will need to do is add DCH to their profile.”