Access to world class care is now easier, faster and at the fingertips of UC San Diego Health patients and loved ones. With the new MyUCSDHealth mobile application, patients have the ability to manage their health information and communicate with their physicians while family members and friends can find helpful resources, such as visiting hours, directions and parking information.
According to Pew Research Center, 95% of Americans own a cell phone and 62% have used smart phones to research a health-related topic. A recent study estimated 50% of mobile device users have downloaded at least one mobile health app—a number that is expected to grow rapidly with advances in technology and phone capabilities.
Users who download the app can find urgent or express care locations with walk-in access and the “Save My Spot” feature, which allows patients to remotely hold their spot in advance for same-day, walk-in visits.
Also, UC San Diego Health patients with a MyUCSDChart account can use the MyUCSDHealth app to communicate securely with their care team, view test results (including all radiology results), manage prescriptions, view and pay bills, and schedule different appointments and screenings, including annual mammograms.
The app also provides users with the ability to search a physician database and read bios of doctors, primary care to specialty care. Depending on a patient’s age or that of a spouse or child, a patient may want an internist, a pediatrician or a geriatrician. Some patients want a family medicine doctor to care for everyone, infants to grandparents, and others may be looking for national experts in cancer or cardiovascular services. The MyUCSDHealth app can also help patients identify a physician by location and specialty.