IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Joseph Hoag Health has partnered with Newport Beach, Calif.-based Hart, Inc. to launch a new mobile app designed to safely and securely manage health and wellness online or with a smart phone. This new app enables St. Joseph Hoag Health's wide network of providers, patients and employees to easily manage their health on-the-go by allowing real-time access to medical records, lab results, post-visit instructions, pill reminders and much more.
"The proliferation of mobile devices and health care-related mobile applications is radically changing the way health care services are delivered," said Bill Russell, chief information officer at St. Joseph Hoag Health. "Mobile health technology is opening up new lines of communication between providers and patients – and that, in turn, is improving outcomes, streamlining care processes, and enhancing the patient experience. Our partnership with Hart enables us to meet the demands of today's consumer by providing seamless and interactive solutions to fit their busy lifestyle."
The St. Joseph Hoag Health and Hart partnership creates a connected and user-centric patient and provider relationship. There are several apps available in the market that allow people to track their fitness progress, nutrition aids, and build social networks around health and wellness topics. But Hart combines those capabilities with one unique and powerful distinction: it integrates the doctor/patient relationship and creates an easy interface where health care providers can truly be a partner in health and wellbeing. It empowers the local community with tools to prevent illness, decrease costs and increase the overall vitality and well-being seamlessly incorporated into daily life. Good health is integrated and connected – and most importantly, user friendly.
"We are proud to partner with St. Joseph Hoag Health to bring state-of-the-art technology solutions to their expanding network," said Mohamed Alkady, president of Hart, Inc. "Our work with St. Joseph Hoag Health has created a needed bridge where patients and providers can interact in a new and dynamic way."
The app will be available to over 1,800 Western Digital employees, allowing for interaction with St. Joseph Health providers at any time with instant messaging, appointment reminders and more.
"We are committed to providing our community with new and innovative ways to better manage their overall health by offering convenient access to expert medical and wellness care where people live and work," said Annette Walker, Executive Vice President of Strategic Services for St. Joseph Hoag Health. "The technology supports our larger initiative to partner with local businesses, including Western Digital, to create a healthier workforce through the increased availability of wellness, preventive health care and lifestyle services."
Hart is available for iOS, Android and desktop via hart.com.
About St. Joseph Hoag Health
St. Joseph Hoag Health is a historic alliance for Orange County, laying the foundation for sweeping changes in the delivery and accessibility of high quality health care. Combined, St. Joseph Hoag Health has earned some of the highest honors for medical care, including Magnet designation for many of its hospitals (the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence). Drawing upon the strengths of renowned health care organizations, St. Joseph Hoag Health focuses on meeting the big challenges of health care today, including expanding access, improving wellness and preventive services, ensuring quality and developing more efficient methods in the delivery of care. The network includes flagship hospitals (Hoag Newport Beach, Hoag Irvine, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, St. Joseph Hospital Orange and St. Jude Medical Center), eight medical groups and physician networks and numerous outpatient and urgent care facilities in Orange County. The network is also affiliated with CHOC Children's and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. For additional information, visit www.stjhs.org/.
Hart bridges the gap between people and their providers. The platform encourages users to engage with their health in real-time. Health-conscious individuals can track their daily activities, medication, nutrition and sleep. Manage progress with a personal Health Score, and communicate directly with Hart-connected healthcare providers. Hart is available on the App Store, Google Play, and on hart.com.
SOURCE St. Joseph Hoag Health