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Thursday, March 21, 2013, 11:10 am PT (02:10 pm ET)

Cleveland Clinic prescribes new iPad app for patients, visitors

The Cleveland Clinic is renowned for its standards of care and cost efficiency, and this month it furthered its reputation as a leader in health information technology, introducing its tenth app, developed exclusively for Apple's iPad.

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The Cleveland Clinic's new app, Today, provides users with access to their electronic medical record (EMR) through "MyChart," as well as a means to request appointments and find doctors within the Clinic. It also includes a health and wellness tips, healthy recipes, quizzes, and videos.

In a PR release (via mobihealthnews) for the app, the Cleveland Clinic describes Today as a "one-stop-shop" for health and wellness information. It includes a 3D model of the human body, allowing for navigation of the body's bones, muscles, joints, and other organs, with additional information on each body part available with a tap.Users can also share articles via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Anyone with a compatible device can download the app, but its full feature set — including EMR access and appointment scheduling — is reserved to Cleveland Clinic patients. The app is currently exclusive to iPad and iPhone users, but Cleveland Clinic recently announced that it is exploring the potential of a Windows 8 launch of its mobile apps.

Aimed at providing a user-friendly interface for accessing health content, the app is the tenth from Cleveland Clinic Innovations. The hospital's developer group has also released three other apps for the iPad: Innovations, Cancer Trials, and Heart Story.

Today is available as a free download in the App Store. The 46.3MB download has both an iPad and an iPhone version, and it requires a device running iOS 5.0 or higher.