Online tool helps to guide care options

Essentia Health is launching a new feature within MyChart that helps identify why someone might not be feeling quite right and what level of care they should seek. 

The MyChart Symptom Checker is a convenient, interactive web tool that allows patients to input their symptoms at any time of the day or night, seven days a week. Symptom Checker helps educate patients about their symptoms and possible care options. It even automatically sends the information to an Essentia provider’s office and notes these symptoms in their medical record. 

Based on the information people share, Symptom Checker will help patients choose the most appropriate care—whether it’s self-care; starting an E-Visit or a video appointment with a 24/7 Video Visit On Demand provider; making a doctor’s appointment; or going to the ER, urgent care or a walk-in care site.

Symptom Checker is available to anyone with an active Essentia MyChart account. If people want to use Symptom Checker on behalf of a proxy, please make sure to switch to their account. Just log in to MyChart and click the “Symptom Checker” option under the main menu.

Anyone experiencing potentially life-threatening symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing or excessive bleeding should call 911 immediately.

Essentia Health’s mission is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives. Essentia Health pursue that mission at their 14 hospitals, 78 clinics, six long-term care facilities, three assisted living facilities, three independent living facilities, seven ambulance services and one research institute. Essentia has about 15,000 employees, including 2,200 physicians and advanced practitioners who provide expert, compassionate care.