New App Helps Patients Become More Informed Healthcare Consumers

A new app has been developed that helps patients become more engaged in their healthcare, according to a Columbus Business Journal report.

The new app, called Visit Helper, was developed by Columbus, Ohio-based Duet Health and the Health Collaborative of Greater Columbus. The app is free to download, but it can only be opened with a personal identification number supplied by a patient's insurer, employer or healthcare provider, according to the report.

Visit Helper provides patients with healthcare checklists, and it helps patients ask the right questions concerning issues such as alternative procedures and cost to become more informed consumers, according to the report.

The app is currently in its pilot program in the central Ohio region, but because of interest from organizations across the country, the app will be available nationwide in coming months, according to the report.

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