In a Quest to Marry Medicine, Technology, UPMC Investing Millions Into Mobile Wellness Tools

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,, 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.