The UPMC hospital system is preparing to release its latest smartphone app next month. Care Now will allow users to quickly see the nearest UPMC urgent care center and up-to-the-minute wait times for each center. UPMC, the largest hospital system in western Pennsylvania, is investing hundreds of millions of dollars a year into information technology development, including apps.
UPMC’s effort includes a redesigned website, www.upmc.com, that will be optimized for use on mobile phones and include a range of new functions, including a self-diagnostic tool and a telemedicine feature that allows patients to video chat with urgent-care workers. The health system employs more than 100 software engineers and other technology-related workers at a center in Bakery Square. UPMC plans to hire at least 80 more over the next year.