The Sunlight Foundation today debuts a new mobile app for consumers called “Sunlight Health”. Sunlight Health helps medical patients and their families make informed decisions about healthcare services and prescription drug options. Using data from government and nonprofit institutions, the app covers three categories: healthcare facilities, medical suppliers and prescription drugs.

From their iPhone or Android phone, users can search for government ratings on local hospitals and nursing homes, find nearby locations to purchase home medical supplies and research prescription drug options. Sunlight makes no claim on being an expert on healthcare, users are encourage to confer with a medical professional and use discretion when consulting Sunlight Health.

Sunlight Health includes searchable information in the following categories:

Facilities
Using a phone’s geo-location feature or by entering a zipcode, users can search for nearby hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis centers and home healthcare providers. Using data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Hospital Compare database, view ratings for all facilities, details on the quality of care and patient services, as well as what coverage is provided for Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

Suppliers
Using a phone’s geo-location feature or by entering a zipcode, users can search for local sellers of commonly used home medical supplies. From canes and walkers to orthopedic shoes or blood glucose monitors, the app will provide the contact information and supplies sold at the listed merchant. Data is provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Hospital Compare database.

Drugs
Using data from Consumer Reports’ Best Buy Drugs ratings project, users can research information on drugs prescribed by their doctor. Simply search by drug name or class and Sunlight Health provides a cost comparison of the name brand and generic version (if applicable), information about its drug class and other chemicals in that drug class.

Download Sunlight Health for free in Apple’s iTunes store or in Google’s Android Market.

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Karen
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Wow! This is amazing! Wish this had come along a little sooner.

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Sounds awesome! I just downloaded it and have two projects already planned for testing it. Thanks for the information.