CHICAGO – Rush University Medical Center has begun offering an online medical evaluation service to primary care patients.
Rush SmartExam is a web-based app that enables a patient to conduct an electronic consultation or e-visit with a physician.
“Patients will be able to get a medical evaluation electronically from the comfort of their home for non-urgent conditions commonly treated by a primary care physician,” said Dr. Anthony Perry, chief medical officer for Rush University Medical Group.
Through the app, patients answer 25-75 questions that are designed to gather information about their symptoms. Once completed, SmartExam sends it to participating Rush providers, who will receive a text message that a patient is waiting to receive care. The physician can log in from any device and review the information submitted by the patient, along with an automatically computer-generated diagnosis based on a sophisticated algorithm.
Once the physician decides on the best course of treatment, SmartExam emails the patient a link to the after-visit summary. Any prescriptions issued as a result of the visit are sent to a patient-designated pharmacy.
If it is determined the patient has a condition that requires more thorough analysis and examination, they will be advised to see a provider in person.
“People have busy lives and we want to create convenient and high-quality options that work,” said Perry.