Providing more post acute-care provider listings helps the growing numbers of aging adults and their care givers with long-term care needs, all from the convenience of a mobile device.
Denver, Colo. (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
iTriage®, one of the leading mobile and Web health care technology companies, now includes 12,444 home health providers in its extensive database of health care providers. This addition stretches utility of its app beyond the acute care or outpatient setting and into the patient’s home.
The growth of home health services, estimated in 2010 at more than $70 billion dollars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, is built on the foundation of reduced hospital readmissions, improved patient outcomes, higher patient satisfaction and decreased costs. Touted as being highly cost effective by Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI), home health care saves Medicare, on average, more than $6,000 per episode when compared with a traditional institutional patient pathway, according to AAHQI executive director Teresa Lee.
For caregivers living hundreds of miles from a loved one in need of these services, the search for the right provider can often turn into an extensive research project. “Choosing home health care for my 83-year-old grandmother was daunting,” said Elizabeth Rodriguez of Columbus, TX. “I needed to choose carefully, but I was under a time crunch with my grandmother’s hospital discharge at hand.”
The iTriage home health mobile directory offers new levels of accessibility and convenience for the selection process. Patients or caregivers can search home health providers by zip code to locate relevant physical, speech and occupational therapies.
“To mature into one of the most complete sources for health care search in the market, we’ve expanded the iTriage provider database to new areas of care,” explained Peter Hudson, M.D., CEO and co-founder of iTriage. “Providing more post acute-care provider listings helps the growing numbers of aging adults and their care givers with long-term care needs, all from the convenience of a mobile device.”
iTriage LLC, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a global healthcare technology company founded in 2008 by two emergency medicine physicians. The company’s market-leading platform and mobile/website applications offer a proprietary Symptom-to-Provider™ pathway that empowers consumers to make better healthcare decisions. iTriage helps people answer the two most common medical questions: “What could be wrong?” and “Where can I go for treatment?” Millions of consumers around the globe have downloaded the free iTriage mobile app through the iTunes® App store or Android™ Market, or used the iTriage website at http://www.iTriageHealth.com/. In addition, thousands of healthcare providers already use the iTriage platform to reach more consumers and increase patient engagement. For more information, please visit http://about.iTriageHealth.com.