(MANCHESTER, CONN.) “Staying well means staying connected” just got a whole lot easier for those who use the health care services of Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN). ECHN is excited to announce that it has launched its very own official iPhone app, called MyECHN. Patients and their families can now keep track of their medications, find a physician and stay connected with news and events at ECHN while on the go.
“Mobile technology today is changing the way we communicate and offers tremendous opportunities in health care,” said Adam Jeamel, Director, Corporate Communications and Marketing at ECHN. "This new app is like having a portable directory of ECHN and our doctors in your pocket.”
The new app, which is available in the iTunes App Store as a free download, will allow patients to manage all of their important health information right from the palm of their hand through MyDoctors, MyMedications, MyInsurance, MyAllergies and MyAppointments.
Finding a doctor will be even easier as users can search by name, specialty or distance. Once found, the doctor’s office can be contacted with one click or added to the user’s MyECHN folder for future reference.
“This new app will also help patients find an ECHN health service that is conveniently located near their home,” said Jeamel. “ECHN is a health system with a number of facilities throughout our 19-town service area. The locations function allows patients to view all ECHN facilities, search by distance and get directions from their current or other location.”
Other functions of the new app include health news and videos about ECHN’s departments, programs and other health-related topics directly from physicians, nurses, and patients.
Over the past year, ECHN worked with Griffin, York and Krause (GY&K), a marketing innovation company located in Manchester, NH, in developing the new iPhone app. GY&K also revamped ECHN’s website and launched the health system into social media — Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ECHNSocial; Twitter at http://twitter.com/ECHNsocial; and Foursquare at https://foursquare.com/echnsocial — to effectively interact and share information with patients, employees, volunteers, donors, and local businesses.
”Social media is a great way for hospitals to connect with their respective communities and receive instant feedback to help us improve the patient’s experience,” said Jeamel. “These are exciting times and another great way to stay connected.”