HCA Houston Offers Healthcare in Your Hand with new iTriage App

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HCA Houston announces its participation in iTriage, a new smartphone and computer application. iTriage allows users to access medical information for thousands of symptoms, and a long list of medical procedures. The app also makes it possible to find the nearest medical care facility whether you’re at home or on the road. You can easily search for your closest physicians or hospitals based on your GPS location, and get turn-by-turn directions to the facility.

We believe patient empowerment is the key to healthier living and iTriage gives users the capability to make smart, timely decisions regarding their healthcare.

HCA Houston announces its participation in iTriage, a new smartphone and computer application. iTriage allows users to access medical information for thousands of symptoms, and a long list of medical procedures. The app also makes it possible to find the nearest medical care facility whether you’re at home or on the road. You can easily search for your closest physicians or hospitals based on your GPS location, and get turn-by-turn directions to the facility.

HCA Houston Emergency Departments and HealthOne Emergency Care Centers are helping to bring iTriage to Houston users who can download the free application from the iTunes and Android app stores or access the application from any smartphone or computer browser at http://www.iTriageHouston.com

“We know how important it is for our patients to be able to access medical care as quickly as possible,” said Maura Walsh, President, HCA Gulf Coast Division. “We believe patient empowerment is the key to healthier living and iTriage gives users the capability to make smart, timely decisions regarding their healthcare.”

How does iTriage work? Let’s say you or a loved one have a pain in the lower-right abdomen. Is it simple indigestion, or something more serious like appendicitis? Within seconds you will find:

  •     List of possible causes
  •     Descriptions and accompanying symptoms of those causes
  •     List of necessary diagnostic tests
  •     Standard treatment options
  •     Access to referral lines
  •     Medical facility locator

“While this app may not replace a thorough medical evaluation, iTriage puts medical care availability at your fingertips,” said Kingwood Medical Center’s Medical Director of Emergency Services, Randy Sharer, M.D. “Being seen by medical professionals in an emergency is imperative, and our participation in iTriage is one more way we can bring quality care to those in our community.”

Created for that very purpose, iTriage helps consumers make better healthcare decisions based on quick access to information such as:

  •     Contact information for hospitals, doctors and pharmacies
  •     Quality Care Reports
  •     Emergency room wait times
  •     Suggestions to help keep your medical costs down

HCA Houston facilities participating in iTriage include:

  •     Bayshore Medical Center
  •     East Houston Medical Center-a campus of Bayshore Medical Center
  •     Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
  •     Conroe Regional Medical Center
  •     Kingwood Medical Center
  •     Mainland Medical Center
  •     West Houston Medical Center
  •     HealthOne Emergency Care—Pearland-a department of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
  •     HealthOne Emergency Care—Fairmont-a department of Bayshore Medical Center

Download the free iTriage app and let one of our Emergency Medicine Specialists illustrate the many uses for healthcare consumers.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 12 Hospitals, 7 ambulatory surgery centers, 6 diagnostic imaging facilities, 6 off campus emergency centers and a regional transfer center that provides ground and air transportation to and from HCA Houston Affiliated Hospitals and any other healthcare facilities within a 150 mile radius. For more information visit our website at http://www.hcahouston.com

Media Contacts:
Kris Muller
713-852-1563

7400 Fannin #650
Houston, TX 77054
713-852-1500
http://www.hcahouston.com

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