Even though the Care360 suite of solutions provides health information technology (HIT) services for physicians and other healthcare professionals, many patients are also interested in utilizing HIT to proactively engage in their own care. One way patients can do this is through a Personal Health Record (PHR). In addition to Care360, Quest Diagnostics also offers an innovative solution for patients – a PHR app called Gazelle®.
Launched in late 2010, Gazelle is a mobile application that gives patients the opportunity to see, store and share health information on devices including the iPhone®, Blackberry® and other smartphones. This electronic way of tracking and sharing information is currently available to patients in many states.
PHRs like Gazelle allow physicians and patients to work together to manage healthcare. Patients are able to not only store relevant information, but also share it with those who need it. This could further improve overall coordination and continuity of healthcare.
Gazelle provides a place for patients to store information that includes prescriptions, immunizations, emergency contacts, medical conditions and allergies. They can also access lab test results, and email or fax health information to other people if needed. This can benefit patients when they visit a new physician or fill out medical forms, and also during a medical emergency.
Patients with PHRs may be more prepared for appointments with their healthcare providers than those without them, because patients can track and assess their own health and progress. This means they can make the most of appointments by coming prepared with questions. Keeping a PHR may help improve healthcare quality and save money, as some physicians believe that the creation of mobile health technologies have allowed patients to make fewer visits to the doctor, resulting in lower expenses for the patient.
Quest Diagnostics and Care360 are committed to developing advanced HIT solutions for both physicians and patients, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.
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