UnitedHealthcare Puts Its Physician, Facility Network on an iPhone Application
UnitedHealthcare is helping improve access to health care by putting its vast network of doctors, clinics, hospitals and other health care services on a new app just introduced on Apple’s iPhone. The new DocGPS App for Apple Inc.’s popular mobile device enables users to tailor their search to their specific health plan and locate nearby doctors, clinics and hospitals within the UnitedHealthcare network using the GPS functionality of iPhone 3G and 3GS. The app can make searches on 23 types of health care facilities and 58 types of physician specialties. After locating a doctor or hospital, the application can then show the office location on a map, provide detailed directions and enable the user to call the medical professional or facility with a single tap on the search result.
DocGPS is UnitedHealthcare’s latest consumer-friendly innovation to modernize, simplify and make transparent health care information. An October 2009 study by CTIA-The Wireless Association showed nearly eight in 10 Americans (78%) said they are interested in receiving health care services via their mobile devices.