AHRQ launches app to improve patient engagement

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality debuted a mobile application that helps patients prepare for medical visits.

The Question Builder app allows users to take down details of their upcoming appointments, including the date and reason for visit. They can choose questions they would like to ask their physicians. The app includes a list of common questions in different situations, but the questions can be customized for specific types of medical visits. Users can also email information to themselves or others via the app and can use it to take down notes during the visit.

Additionally, patients can use the app to upload relevant pictures for their visit, including skin rashes, as well as upload insurance or prescription medication information.

The app was developed with input from patients and providers. The content in the app remains on the user's device. The app is available for free on smartphones, tablets and laptops and can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play.

"AHRQ's new question builder app helps patients and providers get the most out of each and every patient visit by using information to achieve the best outcomes for patients," said AHRQ Director Gopal Khanna.

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