Lourdes Goes Mobile: Health System Launches Smartphone App to Connect Mobile Users with Vital Health Information
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
In an effort to make pertinent health information readily accessible, Lourdes Health System has partnered with iTriage, a free consumer healthcare application, to link consumers via a smartphone to vital medical information and local medical services from virtually anywhere.
iTriage provides mobile device users quick and easy access to medical symptom information, possible causes and treatments, along with GPS-based directions to the closest and most appropriate medical facility for their particular condition. Lourdes iTriage users will be able to find out detailed information about Lourdes Health System services.
"Lourdes understands the importance of patients having access to medical care and information as quickly as possible," says Alexander J. Hatala, President and CEO of Lourdes Health System. "Lourdes partnership with iTriage is part of a larger investment we are making in technology. iTriage gives our patients greater access to resourceful medical information and enhances the quality and delivery of the services we provide."
U.S. smartphone ownership is at 43 percent and rising. Consumers can use their mobile devices to access health information online now more than ever. Built by emergency room physicians, iTriage aggregates healthcare information.
"Information is available in a structured and actionable way," says Dr. Alfred Sacchetti, chief of Emergency Medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. "It closes the information gap between doctors and patients."
iTriage users can access:
- Medical symptoms
- Possible causes and treatment options
- Medication information for treatment of a specific condition
- Detailed information about Lourdes Health System such as services, specialties, hours of operation and facility locations and directions
"When healthcare providers put useful medical information into the palm of their patient's hands with iTriage, consumers are empowered to make informed decisions about where they will seek care for a medical condition," says Dr. Peter Hudson, co-founder of iTriage, LLC. "We live in a new world that requires patients to be more informed and responsible for their health and iTriage allows them to play a larger role in their healthcare."
The iTriage application can be accessed free of charge from the app stores for iPhone or Android devices, or through any Internet-enabled device at http://www.iTriageHealth.com.