NEW YORK, N.Y. – Mount Sinai Health has launched RxUniverse, a platform that enables physicians to digitally prescribe mobile health apps to patients.
“Apps have typically been recommended to patients verbally, but with the myriad of mobile health apps on the market, many with no proven evidence, it is a challenge for providers and patients,” said Dr. Ashish Atreja, chief technology innovation and engagement officer and director of the Sinai AppLab, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in a statement. “RxUniverse eliminates these uncertainties and barriers to digital medicine.”
RxUniverse features a curated list of apps that have been evaluated for efficacy based on published evidence and incorporated into a digital prescription delivery system. The platform was launched in a pilot phase in August throughout five clinical areas of Mount Sinai. Since then, participating physicians have prescribed more than 2,000 apps, exceeding 20 times the pilot goal.
As a result of the pilot’s success, the Sinai AppLab has partnered with Mount Sinai Innovation Partners to launch Responsive Health, a new startup company that will license RxUniverse for use by other health systems.
“As the pace of innovation in digital medicine accelerates, there will be increasing demand for the ability to quickly integrate new apps into our health care system,” said Dr. Kenneth Davis, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System, in a statement.
RxUniverse is part of a larger ecosystem called the Network of Digital Evidence (NODE Health), which provides a community forum and structure for health system technology experts, digital medicine tech companies, clinicians and patients to come together around digital medicine and the state of scientific evidence surrounding its design, efficacy and implementation, the hospital said.
RxUniverse can also be used for specifically-tailored educational content, patient satisfaction surveys and other tools which can be digitally prescribed in individual patients or entire populations.
“RxUniverse will empower health care providers to bring multiple digital health tools directly to the hands of our patients quickly and reliably,” said Dr. Bruce Darrow, Ph.D., chief medical information officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, in a statement.