Thursday, December 16, 2010

Loyola Enables Patients to Access Their Health Records Online

Apps Offered for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System is the first in the west and southwest suburbs to allow patients to see test results, communicate with their doctors and make appointments online. The online health connection, called myLoyola Select®, is free and has apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The myLoyola Select connection empowers patients to be more involved with their health care, said Dr. Keith Veselik, medical director of Primary Care. "It facilitates communication between the patient and the doctor's office, and eliminates phone tag." The free service enables patients to: •View a health summary, including medications the patient is currently taking, allergies, immunizations and a schedule of preventive-care recommendations. These recommendations, such as getting a flu shot, mammogram or cholesterol screening, are based on the patient's age, sex and medical history. •Send a non-urgent message to a doctor's office and receive a reply over a secure line. •Make an appointment with a patient's established primary-care physician. •View summaries of past appointments, including vital signs (blood pressure, pulse and weight) and follow-up instructions. •View test results. The doctor can release test results after reviewing them. Some results are released automatically. Patient Richard Currie, 65, of Riverside, Ill., said myLoyola Select "has made me a full-fledged partner in my health care. It gives me tangible numbers to work with." For example, Currie used myLoyola Select to track his cholesterol levels, which dropped 25 points due to a better diet and exercise. Currie said myLoyola Select also helps him monitor his blood pressure and PSA levels, and keep track of when he's due for his next colonoscopy. To sign up, patients obtain an activation code from their physicians and use that code to create a user ID and password. A parent or guardian can connect to a child's information by completing a Proxy Consent Form. An account cannot be accessed without a password. Loyola uses the latest technology to encrypt sessions with myLoyola Select. And unlike conventional e-mail, all myLoyola Select messages are sent while the patient is securely logged on to the Web site.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.