Surgical teams at Lehigh Valley Hospitals are using the EASE app to communicate with a patient’s loved ones during surgery. With EASE, the people you select will receive secure, HIPAA-compliant updates to their mobile phone or device.
As a surgical patient, you want your loved ones to stay informed about how your procedure is going – but waiting for updates can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s a long procedure. Lehigh Valley Hospitals are making this process less stressful for families or friends with the Electronic Access to Surgical Events (EASE) app.
Lehigh Valley Health Network was the first hospital system in the region to offer the EASE app. EASE provides a higher level of security than text messaging, making it a trusted communication tool for hospitals across the country.
EASE is used at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–Hazleton, LVH–Muhlenberg, LVH–Pocono and LVH–Schuylkill for surgical cases that are at least one hour and for robotic surgery cases at the ambulatory facility at LVH–17th Street.
The EASE app is one of many ways we help patients receive exceptional surgical care close to home. Find out more about the Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence.
EASE offers peace of mind knowing your health information is secure at all times, and that only the people you select will receive updates about your surgical procedure.
EASE app uses 256-bit encryption – the same standard as bank and credit card transactions – to protect the message as it travels across the Internet. These practices are consistent with federal health data privacy guidelines, such as the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA.
The EASE app continues protecting your privacy after your loved ones receive updates. The app automatically deletes messages from their device 60 seconds after it is received. Doing so means no one else can access the information – even if the device later becomes lost or stolen.
We offer the EASE app for procedures lasting one hour or more at certain locations. Check with your provider to see if your procedure is eligible for EASE updates.
As the patient, you begin by downloading the EASE app. To ensure your privacy, only the people you add to your EASE list will receive secure updates.
A few steps will help establish a connection to the surgical team so your loved ones can receive messages.
On the day of your surgery, two things will happen to set up the EASE connection.
When that connection is made, the people you added to the EASE contact list will receive a text message with an access code. They will use that code to receive updates as sent by the surgical team. (More details below.)
Family and friends will receive a text invitation from EASE with an access code. Then follow these steps:
During the procedure, the surgical team will use the EASE app to send updates, such as how the procedure is progressing or if it has been completed.
Should you need help, please call 888-402-LVHN (5846). You also may wish to visit EASEapplications.com for more information.