Mount Sinai Health System Launches First Enterprise-Wide Platform to Prescribe Apps to Patients
Researchers in the Sinai App Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed RxUniverse, the first enterprise-wide digital medicine care delivery system that enables physicians to digitally prescribe evidence-based mobile health applications to patients at the point of care.
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With countless mobile health apps available to consumers, there is no standardized method for providers to know which ones will clinically benefit their patients, and no way for them to share them with patients directly. Through RxUniverse—which features a curated list of apps that have been evaluated for efficacy based on published evidence and incorporated into a digital prescription delivery system—Mount Sinai Health System aims to be the first provider network in the country to address this problem.
“RxUniverse allows physicians and other healthcare providers to seamlessly and confidently integrate evidence-based digital health tools into their practice,” said Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, Chief Technology Innovation and Engagement Officer and Director of the Sinai AppLab, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, “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. RxUniverse eliminates these uncertainties and barriers to digital medicine.”
The RxUniverse platform was launched in August 2016 in a pilot phase throughout five clinical areas at Mount Sinai. Since then, participating physicians have prescribed more than 2,000 apps, exceeding 20 times the pilot goal. In response to this success, the Sinai AppLab has partnered with Mount Sinai Innovation Partners to launch a new startup company, Responsive Health, which 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 systems,” said Kenneth L Davis, MD, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Health System. “Mount Sinai is proud to be at the forefront of digital medicine and dedicated to streamlining the eHealth care delivery model to further our mission to provide world-class care to our patients.”
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.
“RxUniverse will empower health care providers to bring multiple digital health tools directly to the hands of our patients quickly and reliably,” said Bruce Darrow, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Information Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System.
The applications for RxUniverse do not stop at mobile health apps. Specifically tailored educational content, patient satisfaction surveys, and other tools can be digitally prescribed to individual patients, or entire populations of people.
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai is a national and international source of unrivaled education, translational research and discovery, and collaborative clinical leadership ensuring that we deliver the highest quality care—from prevention to treatment of the most serious and complex human diseases. The Health System includes more than 7,200 physicians and features a robust and continually expanding network of multispecialty services, including more than 400 ambulatory practice locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the Top 20 Best Hospitals in the country and the Icahn School of Medicine as one of the Top 20 Best Medical Schools in country. Mount Sinai Health System hospitals are consistently ranked regionally by specialty and our physicians in the top 1% of all physicians nationally by U.S. News & World Report.