Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Guess what? MSHA's got a new mobile app!
By Doug Janz
Did you know MSHA has its own app?
That’s right, team members and the general public can now download free applications for their iPhone, iPod and Android, giving them all kinds of instant information about MSHA.
Want to know where the closest emergency room is, what the wait time is and directions to get there? This app can tell you. You can also find out the same information about First Assist Urgent Care offices.
It’s got plenty of other features, too.
“This app allows you to look up our physician offices and specialists so you can learn about their specific services,” said Shane O’Hare, MSHA’s director of Communications and Marketing. “People can also store personal health information and store health insurance information, and none of this information goes anywhere except on your device.
“You can access our social media platforms, as well – YouTube, Facebook and twitter.”
Click here for more information and to download the app.
While there are other health systems with apps similar to this, it’s not widespread yet, O’Hare said. Part of the reason is the up-front cost to produce these – anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000 – but people definitely want them.
“We only started advertising our app to the public last week, but already we are seeing download rates 10 times in excess of industry averages,” O’Hare said. “This indicates to me the desire for this kind of information.
“It’s becoming more and more common. Although we’re not the first to offer this kind of app, we are certainly among the early adopters. The next step for us is creating a mobile-friendly website so people aren’t trying to digest everything from our main site on a small, handheld device.”
Requirements for the app are:
iPhone: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5
iPod: iPod touch (third generation), iPod touch (fourth generation), iPod touch (fifth generation)
iPad: Requires iOS 4.3 or later
MSHA will also be launching a HealthPlus & Pharmacy app within the next couple of weeks. People will be able to scan their prescriptions from their phone and refill using this method, plus a whole lot more.
For more about the MSHA app and to download it to your mobile device, click here.