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November 20th, 2008
Medical Center takes steps to keep pace with digital age

From Central Texas Medical Center

Central Texas Medical Center continues to expand on its several electronic services it offers to patients and visitors.

The newest addition to CTMC’s e-services is its quarterly health publication, Hill Country Health, which is now offered in an interactive, digital format. Beginning with the winter issue, scheduled to hit mailboxes and inboxes the week of Nov. 24, readers will be able to digitally thumb through and bookmark pages, choose their preferred zoom level, add notes about articles and click the hotlinks to other resources within the publication.

“Putting useful technology in the hands of our patients and visitors has been a top priority of ours for the past few years,” says CTMC President and CEO, Gary Jepson.  “The website and its enhancements have truly helped us to extend our healing ministry well beyond our campus.”
Another valuable source of electronic resources is the frequently updated CTMC website, www.ctmc.org, which offers visitors several helpful tools under the “Patients and Visitors” section.

You can view your personal health record, request an appointment, and save time by submitting registration information in advance of a scheduled appointment under the pre-register feature.  Also, after your visit to a CTMC service, you may pay your bill online.

The “Find a Doctor” feature of the website enables users to search for and read information about CTMC physicians.  The directory is updated regularly as new doctors join or leave the CTMC family.

The online Gift Shop is another website feature that allows users to purchase items for patients and have them delivered to their rooms by a volunteer. Delivery is free of charge and will occur within hours of placing the order. Those who do not have money to purchase an item from the Gift Shop can send a patient an e-card that will be printed and delivered free of charge.

Users can also submit online prayer requests that will be prayed for by CTMC’s Spiritual Ambassadors, a group of employees who support individuals’ spiritual and emotional needs. Another tool is the “Health Library”, a health encyclopedia that has information about diseases and treatments as well as other interactive health resources.

Planning is underway for future interactive features that will provide patients and users with additional resources and keep them updated on health related information. Additions such as patient pages and social networking functions are among potential website features.

Hill Country Health has a circulation of 32,950 people and features health stories about local San Marcos residents as well various health tips. If you would like to subscribe to Hill Country Health, please visit www.ctmc.org, mouse over “Education and Events” and click “Magazine Subscription.”  For more information, please call (512) 753-3676.

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