HACKENSACK, N.J., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing effort to be at the forefront of technology in the healthcare space, Hackensack University Medical Center has unveiled HackensackUMC Mobile Access. The new smart phone app allows patients within the HackensackUMC community to access their medical data, search for and connect with Hackensack physicians, and even see up-to-date wait times in the emergency room.
"Our goal with the new mobile app was to create seamless connectivity between patients and physicians to elevate the level of care we provide our community," says Shafiq Rab, M.D., vice president and chief information officer, who is spearheading the initiative with Sarah Timmapuri, M.D., and the Hackensack Health Information Technology team. "The HackensackUMC Mobile Access app is a valuable, new tool to help patients easily access the information they need, and to feel empowered to take ownership of their healthcare."
Some of the key features of the new app include:
- My Chart: Designed to be fully compatible with Apple HealthKit, MyChart communicates with the HealthKit app to log patient data, which is then easily integrated with HackensackUMC's electronic health-record system, providing physicians with valuable health data on their patients.
- Alerts: Notifications remind patients of upcoming appointments.
- Doctor Search: Browse through the HackensackUMC physician directory or search for a specific doctor to pull up contact information. Patients can then easily call or email doctors from the app and schedule appointments.
- ER Wait Time: Updates on wait times are continuously updated for the HackensackUMC emergency room so patients can know before they go.
"At HackensackUMC, we are continually incorporating the technologies and services that meet the changing needs of healthcare delivery in the 21st century," says Robert C. Garrett, president and CEO of Hackensack University Health Network. "The HackensackUMC Mobile Access app is one of many initiatives we are supporting to enhance our patients' experiences and transform HackensackUMC into a truly integrated and patient-centered institution."
The app is available to download for free in the Apple iTunes app store.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county's first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women's and Children's Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women's Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide's list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.
SOURCE Hackensack University Medical Center