BENEFITS + PERKS

19 apps to make your life (so much) better

Use your phone to track prescriptions, check your retirement account, plan a trip, buy a car, and more

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Want a good way to keep track of all your benefits and perks as a Johns Hopkins employee? Look no further than your phone.

There's a wide variety of apps out there that can help you navigate JHU campuses, take advantage of discounts and prizes, track your health benefits, and more—all at the tip of your fingertips. Check out some of your options below.

At work

  • Traveling around or between JHU campuses? There's no need to guess when your ride will arrive if you have the TransLoc app, which provides real-time tracking of buses and shuttles.

  • For a direct link to JHU Security, download LiveSafe. The app—available for both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses—lets you communicate directly with safety officials through texts, photos, or video; you also can request an escort if needed. Another feature lets you share your location with security, or friends and family.

  • To maximize your fitness benefits, download the JH Rec app to find and book group classes (yoga, spinning, Zumba) and keep up-to-date on recreation news and events. Another bonus: The app lets you check out how busy the Ralph O'Connor Rec Center is before you decide to visit.

  • If you frequent JHU's Sheridan Libraries, consider Hopkins Self-Checkout for a quicker process—skip the service desk and check out books right on your phone.

Health and wellness

  • With the CareFirst or Kaiser Permanente apps, you can use your phone to find doctors and keep track of your claims.

  • Need a prescription refilled? The Express Scripts app lets you skip the trip to the pharmacy and order your medications directly online.

  • Those with a health care flexible spending account can check out WageWorks EZ Receipts. The app lets you snap photos of your receipts, file claims, and sign up for text alerts on your account.

  • Look to the EyeMed app as a go-to resource for your vision benefits. Use it to track prescriptions, find doctors, and set up reminders for eye exams and contact lens replacements. You also can pull up your ID card with just a quick shake of your phone.

  • The Delta Dental app lets you schedule appointments and estimate costs for your services, and it also has some fun bonus features: A "SmileScore" rates your oral wellness, and a toothbrush timer helps you get in the recommended two minutes of brushing. For those with the United ConcordiaPLUS Dental HMO Plan (effective through the end of this year), there's an app for that, too.

  • Relax a little with the Calm app, which offers guided meditations, sleep assistance, videos on mindful movement, and soothing music, among other features. As part of the Hopkins community, you have free premium access to the app—a $60 a year value.

  • The myStrength app also focuses on mental health, offering support for managing depression, anxiety, stress, and other conditions, and a tool for tracking your mood over time. You also can join online communities to help keep on pace with your goals. Hopkins employees can access the app—available free as part of the mySupport employee assistance program—using the code "JHU" (for the university) or "JHHS" (for the health system).

  • If you've taken advantage of JHU's discounted partnership with WW, you can use the WW app to search more than 4,000 Weight Watchers recipes, sync a fitness device, scan barcodes at the grocery store, and more.

Retirement savings (and more)

  • For tracking your retirement investment portfolio, the Fidelity app allows you to customize the experience, creating a personalized news feed and tax schedule. Use the app to deposit checks, transfer funds, trade stocks, and get insider tips from Fidelity's Learning Center. With Vanguard, too, you can check your account, analyze your portfolio, do research, and more. Likewise, the TIAA app helps manage your retirement account on the go, with mobile banking, bill payments and trading, among other features.

Extra perks

  • With the LifeMart app, Hopkins employees get access to a slew of savings and perks, including customized discounts from JHU's community partners such as the National Aquarium, the Orioles, and the B&O Railroad Museum. You also can save money on vacations, appliance purchases, restaurants, movie tickets, car rentals, and other goods and services. To get started, register for your free LifeMart membership.

  • If you're a JHU Athletics fan, you might like to earn prizes while you're cheering on your teams. With the Blue Jays Rewards app, you can check in at games to rack up points and redeem them for prizes, from T-shirts and swag bags up to the top reward, a signed Blue Jays lacrosse helmet.

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