New Patient Mobile App Creates a Big ‘Appy Medical Family in Peterborough

June 25th, 2019

Health management and community resources now available in the palm of Peterborough residents’ hands.

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Peterborough Family Health Team (PFHT) and CoHealth are excited to launch the new, free patient mobile application (App). This App is intended for residents of Peterborough City and County and has the capacity to help them manage their health care and provide them with a volume of information on local, trustworthy services.

To get the App, the user will download it through the Apple Store or Google Play. They will then walk through an introduction and select their family doctor and begin to create their own care plan. Residents without a family doctor who are on the local wait list are able to select the Peterborough Virtual Care Clinic or PFHT Clinic as their health care provider until they are connected with a permanent doctor. Additionally, those who are part of the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic may select that clinic as their provider. Once everything is set-up, users will have access to many reliable resources that have been thoroughly reviewed by local family doctors, allied health professionals, and other patients.

Other elements of the App include a care log to record any symptoms or health concerns the user may be having, a reminder section for appointments and medication, a list of local community contacts (with the ability for the user to add their own contacts), and much more. For the App to be utilized to its full potential, it’s important for users to allow notifications on their mobile device. By doing so, they will receive alerts on their appointments and medications. These alerts will also include hours of service, upcoming flu clinics, and the extended hours service.

As PFHT appreciates that technology is always evolving, we want to hear from users what they think of this new App and how we can continue to develop and enhance what is there. Those who are interested in providing feedback are encouraged to email the organization at info@peterboroughfht.com.

“We are very excited to finally unveil this new project that we’ve worked hard to create,” expresses Lori Richey, executive director of PFHT. “As patients become increasingly involved in their health care, we need to find ways to support them as they navigate what can be a complex system. We appreciate that many people use the internet and their mobile phone to search for health related information, keep track of symptoms, or to put reminders in about different medications or appointments. It was only natural for us to continue serving our residents and create a local tool to help them manage this and become more active in their health care.”

“CoHealth was created with the vision to connect the dots in health care. To us, that means being able to provide patients with a single entry point to manage their healthcare experience; whether it’s accessing educational information to support understanding or managing medications on a day-to-day basis, we want to be there to help,” says Zack Fisch Rothbart, chief executive officer and cofounder of CoHealth. “Our company was born out of a patient experience. We bring empathy and understanding to our work, and are thrilled to be working alongside PFHT to launch CoHealth across the region.”

Further information on the mobile app can be found by visiting www.peterboroughfht.com.

PFHT works in partnership with over 90 family doctors and 12 medical residents located in Peterborough City and County. The team also encompasses over 80 allied health professionals such as mental health clinicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, a physician assistant, registered dietitians, registered nurses, and registered practical nurses to support patients one-on-one.

Since its creation, CoHealth has scaled into 30 health systems across the country in multiple provinces. Their work with PFHT is the first primary care partnership in Canada. CoHealth is fully aligned and united with PFHT when it comes to patient-centredness, and they look forward to assisting the organization and its patients in the Peterborough County.

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