Health Industry: Does My Insurance Cover This?

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“Is this covered by my health insurance?”Health Technology

It is the ultimate question in healthcare, and one that isn’t always easily answered off the top of your head. Now, startup Drchrono announced a new update to its app that provides instant access to patient insurance eligibility.

The app pulls up a patient’s real time health insurance eligibility information, including coverage type, level and amount. In addition the new app makes process payments for medical services much more streamlined and easier. The free app allows doctors to take their services anywhere and provides instant access to patient insurance eligibility.

“By plugging a Square card reader into an iPhone or iPod touch audio jack, doctors and their staff can swipe credit cards and have the payment go directly into the physician’s bank account,” the company’s press statement reads, reported by Mashable. “Now, medical practices can take payments through an iPhone or iPod touch, which would reflect into the practice management software.”

Among other features of drchrono, doctors can also view lab results, various medical images including EKGs and s-rays, and can even create online prescriptions for patients and send them to their nearest pharmacy.

The app indicates a new trend of accessibility and ease for doctors and patients that help to streamline the doctor’s visit, from pulling up insurance information to paying the co-payment at the end of the visit. The app even allows health providers to see what economic stimulus incentives they can qualify for under the HITECH Act, an act that promotes the “adoption and meaningful use of health information technology.”

Other cool apps include interactive anatomy apps to demonstrate knowledge to patients, an FDA-approved radiology imaging application that allows doctors to store diagnostic-quality, and assistive apps such as Proloquo2Go, an alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. The app provides text-to-speech voices with a vocabulary of over 7,000 items; the app is recommended for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke or traumatic brain injury.

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