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Text U 4 Better Health messaging program

Apr 18, 2016 10:21AM ● By Erica Shames

Geisinger patients can take better control of their health with the system’s new enrollment option for the Text U 4 Better Health messaging program. The program allows patients to sign up to receive text messages for appointment reminders, weight management tips and diabetes care.

With the text message appointment reminders, patients can confirm, cancel or reschedule their appointments. In addition, those interested in weight management assistance can opt in for tips and tools from Geisinger’s Center for Nutrition and Weight Management. The tool also helps diabetic patients who can sign up to receive motivational and informative messages developed by Geisinger’s Certified Diabetes Educators about managing blood glucose, diet and exercise.

“The Text U 4 Better Health program is used by over 300,000 Geisinger patients to help them stay connected, motivated and on track to a healthier lifestyle,” says Chanin Wendling, director of Geisinger in Motion.  “We are excited to offer an easier way to enroll in this program.”

To enroll in one of the text message programs, login to, click on the Medical Record tab at the top of the screen, select “Text Messaging Programs” under Medical Tools and click the pencil icon next to the desired program.

“Enrollment is easy,” says Wendling, “and, once enrolled, Geisinger patients gain access to additional features such as test results and their provider’s notes to better manage their health.”

After enrolling, a green check mark will appear next to the program to indicate successful enrollment. Patients can edit their information at any time.

“Leveraging consumer technology to help patients more easily manager their health is a priority for Geisinger Health System. Options coming soon include medication reminders and clinic closure messages,” says Wendling.

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About Geisinger

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldrige Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.



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