INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HELPS FORREST GENERAL PATIENTS TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH

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January 14, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Patients at Forrest General who want to connect with their healthcare provider, manage their appointments and view their medical information, any time of the day, using any Internet-connecting device can now do it quickly and easily with the help of Iris.

Iris is a secure Internet application, commonly called a patient portal, that allows patients to have convenient online access to portions of their medical record and allows them to engage in online communications with their healthcare provider. Iris is a service provided to patients by Forrest Health and Hattiesburg Clinic. Forrest Health facilities currently offering Iris include: Forrest General, Lincoln Center Clinic, OB/GYN Group, Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services, The Orthopedic Institute and Tylertown Family Clinic.

Patients are given an activation code at their physician’s office or at the hospital upon discharge. They log in and enter their activation code and choose their own user name and password to gain access to their medical information. Iris is password protected and is available through an encrypted connection.

Only one log-in and password is needed for those who are patients of both Forrest Health and Hattiesburg Clinic. Iris is also available on iPhone and Android phones through the “MyChart” free app.

“The positive impact for patients is significant,” said Clay King, M.D., hospitalist at Forrest General. “It allows patients immediate availability to their own medical records from anywhere with Internet access.”

To sign up for Iris patients can call the Iris Help Desk at (601) 579-5432, e-mail irishelp@forrestgeneral.com, or speak to a Forrest Health or Hattiesburg Clinic staff member at their next appointment or hospital stay.

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