Spectrum Health launches mobile access to patient portal

By Mike Miliard
10:53 AM

InterSystems Corporation has partnered with Spectrum Health, the not-for-profit Michigan health system, to launch a new smartphone app that provides access to personal health information via the provider’s MySpectrum Web-based patient portal.

The InterSystems Ensemble rapid integration and development platform enables the data aggregation and gathering of patient information across the Spectrum Health system for delivery to the portal.

Kim Gordon, integration solutions manager at Spectrum Health, says the app is emblematic of Spectrum’s continued focus on improving patient care delivery by increasing the level of engagement between patients and physicians.

MySpectrum "combines patient and consumer functionality, allowing Spectrum Health to offer patients electronic access to their medical records,” said Gordon. “The portal is based on a patient-centric philosophy with Ensemble used to integrate data across the enterprise to ensure a seamless clinical experience for patients wherever they may access or receive services."

All Web services, data, data maps and transformations are delivered to the portal via Ensemble, which is used to integrate six disparate systems and multiple information repositories.
 
“With Ensemble, our solution also provides a dashboard and control mechanism for the HL7 integrations involved in MySpectrum," added Gordon. "This makes it possible to monitor, stop, start and visualize data as it flows to and from the portal."

Patients can use the portal for activities such as pre-registering for treatment, requesting an appointment, paying bills, checking an outstanding balance, viewing test results and discharge summaries and receiving messages.

In addition, the smartphone app now makes it possible for mobile healthcare consumers to:

  • View wait times at Spectrum Health’s five urgent care centers
  • Access lab test results and appointments securely through their MySpectrum website account
  • Get phone numbers, addresses and maps for Spectrum Health locations
  • Find a physician
  • Check symptoms

“Spectrum Health’s ability to leverage sophisticated technology for information delivery is a good illustration of the breakthrough solutions being delivered by the end-user organizations and application partners using our advanced technologies,” said Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems vice president of strategic planning.

“Ensemble provides the rich set of capabilities and solid development platform we need to orchestrate data from rapidly changing and expanding data repositories and to continue the evolution of MySpectrum in order to achieve Spectrum Health’s goals for next-generation healthcare,” Gordon added.