OAKLAND, Calif., April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente announced today at the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference and Exhibition that its Every Body Walk! app will be available on the Apple Watch at launch on April 24.
"We're committed to engaging consumers in their health when and where it is convenient for them," said Dick Daniels, executive vice president and chief information officer for Kaiser Permanente. "We're pleased to make Every Body Walk! one of the premier apps available when the Apple Watch is introduced to consumers."
The Every Body Walk! app was originally created for smartphones in 2011 to support anyone interested in tracking their activity and taking steps to make healthy behavior change. The app is simple and easy to use, making it a good fit for the Apple Watch format. Consumers can use the app to set fitness goals, track activity and view statistics at a glance through colorful and easy-to-read graphics.
"The user experience is always top of mind for us," said Brian Gardner, executive director, mobility center of excellence, Kaiser Permanente. "Developing the Every Body Walk! app for the Apple Watch has been a great learning experience and will help us as we explore the best wearables to engage and encourage our members to increase their daily physical activity."
Kaiser Permanente has a long history of using digital technology to empower members with easy and convenient access to the information and tools they need to manage their health. Today, 4.9 million members are registered to use Kaiser Permanente's personal health record, My Health Manager on kp.org, and the KP mobile app has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. Members can email their doctors, view test results, refill prescriptions and schedules appointments through both powerful tools.
In 2014 members used the website to:
- Send 20 million emails to care providers
- View 37.4 million lab test results
- Refill 17.5 million prescriptions
- Schedule 4.2 million appointments
Visit booth 7848 at HIMSS15 to learn more about Every Body Walk! for Apple Watch and other Kaiser Permanente digital health innovations. Follow @KPDigitalHealth for the latest #HIMSS15 news.
Kaiser Permanente powers Every Body Walk! a national movement to increase rates of physical activity and to increase access to safe places to be active. Visit www.everybodywalk.org to learn more.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 9.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.
SOURCE Kaiser Permanente