And all hospitals in the OSF healthcare system are now connected to an on-line program that lets patients keep better track of their own health.
The new program, OSF MyHealth, allows patients to interact with physicians and staff, manage their appointments as well as access their family records.
OSF patients can set up the free service through their primary care physician.
The President and C.E.O. of OSF Medical Group, Dr. Gerald McShane said, "We want them to be able to efficiently access us...if they want to talk to a nurse, we want to give them a nurse...if they want a provider, we'll get them a doctor, but many people don't need or want that. They just want to get what they want, you know their meds refilled, their test results."
Methodist Medical Center also has an online program for patients, My Methodist e-Health, that launched in 2007.
In addition to the free service, Methodist has launched a virtual visit with a doctor for a 35-dollar charge.