I know there is a way!
I have been using this app with UTSW for several years, and added SSM Health this year. It has made what would have been the difficult task of keeping track of multiple providers and facilities appointments, test results and communications easier. The MyChart message feature has saved hours of waiting to communicate with my healthcare team. The facility’s fluency with the app does make a difference, but there is nothing complex about the patient side of the tool.
The Blue Jeans virtual appointment feature is simple to use as well, though I find the appointment notifications for virtual appointments is not working as well as the in person one- need to add telephone recorded reminders. I have missed several appointments because the reminder emails get lost when you don’t have time to go through 300 emails to find them. For comparison, I have never missed an in person visit or even been late for one.
Another improvement for me would be access to the Radiology studies, not just the reports, but I’m not sure most folks care about that. Since I use an IPhone and not a computer, that might be available already.
I need to also have my husband’s medical records available and would like to have another copy of the App on my phone to do that. So far, I haven’t been able to figure It out. It would also be helpful to be able to mark his app icon to distinguish one from the other. Would love input?!
Great but NOT user friendly
By JAM DUN
The app is great for keeping up with my appointments, communicating with the doctor, refilling prescriptions. However, when it indicates that there is a new message, I’m not sure which message is new unless I look at the date. My inbox reflect that I have two messages. When I click on the inbox tab, nothing happens. It would be nice if when I click on it, it go straight to the new messages and the indication of “two new messages” disappears reflecting that I have read the messages. It would also be nice if there is an indication of some sort to show that there are new messages and which ones are NEW.
In regards to the “to do list,” it would be ideal if I could decline the options or have a yes or no button or something to show that I don’t need to do what it’s indicating. For example, my dental office is totally different from my primary care physician and they keep telling me my dental appointment is overdue. I wish there was some way I could tell it no or not applicable. Additionally, it keeps telling me I’m overdue for an influenza shot. I have never, and will never, get one so to be able to decline or simply say “not applicable” would be great.
If these minor disturbances could be fixed, it would be a five star app for me.
Could be better
This app is great for a number of reasons besides checking test results and appointment reminders. •Through the app I can email my doctor directly, (very often they or they’re nurse will respond within a few hours so I assume the app makes that easier for them as well. •The app has a list of my meds (accurate only if you reported it accurately to the doctor) and provides an easy way to ask the doctor for a refill.•I can request an appointment from a established doctor •I can view and even pay my bill. All of these are things I can do securely through this app. It is very useful. What I CANNOT do is make notes. Currently I use this app only for check appointment times and the occasional email to the doctor. But I would use it weekly if I had the ability to make private notes. A note associated with a recent visit. Notes on possible drug benefits or side effects as I experience them. Notes on questions to as at upcoming appointments. Associating these notes with the drug or appointment or doctor directly within the app; helps keep me organized and would improve my healthcare as it makes it more likely I’ll remember details of a visit and concerns I need to bring up at the next visit.
Healthcare is not a game
The basic concept of this app is good but the execution is terrible. It’s another example of apps being written by computer people out of touch with real life. Unfortunately this isn’t a dating app or other social media plaything, this app involves people’s health and medical treatment and it’s not something medically inexperienced computer geeks should be allowed to play games with - an especially sensitive topic during times of a global pandemic. What’s also unfortunate is that, unlike game apps, we can’t simply choose not to use MyChart, it is the ONLY app where we can see our medical records and interact with our health care providers in a world where face-to-face contact is becoming rare. That thrusts a huge responsibility on the makers of MyChart, one that they all but fail at. The user has zero control over the privacy and accuracy of their medical records or anything else for that matter except the silly option of choosing the color of their screen background. The makers of MyChart hide behind a veil of secrecy, there is absolutely no way to contact them for help, issues, legal matters, etc. They have a monopoly and they are in severe need of government regulation. Our healthcare is too critically important to play games with.
I love this app but I need a lil help from developers please
By Shawn Hernandez
I have been using MyChart from its conception and have never had an issue ever💝💝💝💝 I go in and play around with it every now and then to see what is new. I do know that if you want to change anything important in your chart like your personal information YOU MUST DO IT FROM THE WEBSITE. I am guessing that is to be sure it is a secure location to provide personal information for HIPPA. Not positive but that would be my guess. My only issue I have is I just read on the website that I can now link my 2 charts together so I do not have to keep signing out of 1 and signing into the other for information needed. I just cannot figure out how to "LINK" both of MYCHARTS. Can you please help me with this???? It is really annoying getting a message from my doctors and I go to MYCART and I sign in and ugh it's the wrong 1 every single time😡😡😡😡 linking them would save some aggravation that's for sure. I already have the app on my iPhone where they both are on the app just need them linked and I'm all set.
Billing portion of the app and to do list
By Lin Sto
I would have rated it higher but I don’t like a couple of the features. First in the billing area it automatically defaults to paperless billing. Second once you are looking at the bill you can’t print it. I use a HSA account through my work and pay dr’s bill that way. This forces you to pay through the app. And had to play around with the app just to turn off paperless billing.
Another feature I don’t like is the medical to do list. Through both my medical providers I have linked in the app it show 2-3 exams/shot to do for the year. It will not allow editing to tell it they are done. And my primary dr’s office is still struggling with updating it as well. They are still flipping back and forth between their old system and this one to view things.
The two health providers are Cape Fear Valley Health and Duke Health.
Great new features
Finally shows sent mail and whether it has been read by staff or not. Collects all kinds of data in one place that you need. Not perfect, but still indispensable: 5 stars but could still use major work. Example: e-checkin allows you to add/delete meds, allergies, conditions before your appointment when you have the info handy, but this data doesn’t appear on the clinic’s computer for the doctor once you get there: major flaw! The databases should sync, or there is no point. Also, requested add/delete info never gets added/deleted by the doctors/staff (possibly because they don’t see it?). Would also like ability to send the same message to multiple doctors at once; currently only one doctor gets the message: no way to add or CC others. Ability to add appointments directly to your phone’s calendar with the click of a button ROCKS! Scheduling is very limited, however. Pluses and minuses, but keep up the good work!
By Mikey T Ward
App needs improvements so that we can have support for Apple Pay to pay medical bills and have it interface with the apple HealthKit tools so that info from the app can be record in HealthKit and data in HealthKit can be sent to my doctor automatily making it where there is more diagnostic data avalible to my doctor.
Also for email attachments please allow PDF files as there are times where forms for certain programs need to be filled out by my doctor on the pdf form but only allowing images make those forms invalid and unreadable for pregame such as Boy Scout and other programs that need medic clearance. Also if there is a wait list to get a appointment I would like to have a wait list status area to show me what number I am on that list until I get to the top of the list. Also when a apoitment is offered have it where I can accept it or request for a difrent day or time.
Also needs to have a indication of phone call appointments so that it would be easier to identify what type of appointment it is. Also office staff calls should be placed in a separate folder or something to separate them from actual doctor appointments to reduce confusion.
Convenient for Medical history and more
By Tommy Ta-dow
I really enjoy this app. Upfront, my only gripe is that I can’t call from the app. I was late and needed to call to see if they could still see me. I ended up having to find the office in maps and call through there. Even though they have the office info in the app. Just need to make the phone number hyperlinked to the phone dialed.
Otherwise, this app is great! Keeps my meds and recent test history right at my fingertips. Needed to log some levels at work for insurance rebates and because I had record of them on the app, I didn’t have to got through their BS and just entered my numbers.
I can use this to communicate directly with my doctor and the staff in the office too. Makes it super easy to communicate basic questions and prevents unnecessary trips.
I recommend my doctor and they app to others at the same time!
Let’s make sick people fumble around with an app!
By Wendy No Name
Want to be seen ASAP by whoever has the first available appointment? Good luck because you’ll need it with this app. Message my doctor, they message back saying she’s not available, go see so and so or go to the same day clinic. Is there a link in the message to make an appointment with so and so? Nope. Can I choose so and so in the app and make an appointment? Nope because I’ve never seen so and so before. Okay, is the same day clinic the same thing as an an e-visit or are those two different things? Dunno. But we’ll take your money for an e-visit first and you can try to ask questions later. Can you make a virtual same day clinic visit? You’d think, but not with this app - you can only book in person. You have to call the same day clinic and be offered the option for a virtual visit by a human being. Why doesn’t the app offer that? This is a long, rambling, unhinged review by someone who spent 30+ minutes mucking around with this app that makes something as simple as trying to get medical help unnecessarily confusing and you’re out $20 for the e-visit.