We already have patients who use their smart phones for directions and to check our wait times, so this is the next logical step toward making our services easy to find and utilize
Fort Walton Beach, FL and Denver, CO (PRWEB) February 20, 2012
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is the first hospital in the panhandle to offer the use of a smart phone application to allow people to notify the ER staff that they are en route to the hospital.
“We already have patients who use their smart phones for directions and to check our wait times, so this is the next logical step toward making our services easy to find and utilize,” says CEO John Deardorff.
The iTriage application, which has been available for a couple of years, allows smart phone users to quickly access a variety of healthcare information about symptoms, diseases, medications, procedures, and nearby facilities.
Now, when a consumer uses the iTriage application to locate Fort Walton Beach Medical Center or its affiliate Destin Emergency Care Center, the user will have the option to click “iNotify” from the facility’s listing. From there, the patient can fill out specific details like symptoms experienced, allergies, and anything else helpful for ER staff to know prior to arrival. This makes it possible for the ER team to be prepared for the patient’s care needs even before he/she arrives.
“As a healthcare app that aggregates symptom, disease, procedure and provider information, iTriage is helping empower consumers with their healthcare needs,” said Peter Hudson, M.D., co-founder of iTriage.
About Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a 257-bed hospital located in Fort Walton Beach in the panhandle of Northwest Florida. With a medical staff of over 200 physicians, it is the only acute care hospital in the Tri-County area that offers open heart surgery, an Advanced Primary Stroke Center accredited by the Joint Commission, and a Cancer Care Center that is accredited by the Commission on Cancer. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center also has a psychiatric treatment center, and advanced care for critically ill patients, including cardiovascular and neonatal intensive care units. In addition to these disease specific services, the medical center has emergency services, including a main ER, Pediatric ER and Express Care.
About iTriage, LLC
Headquartered in Denver, CO, iTriage LLC is a global healthcare technology company founded in 2008 by two emergency medicine physicians. The company’s mobile platform and application, iTriage, offers a proprietary Symptom-to-Provider™ pathway that empowers patients to make better healthcare decisions. iTriage helps people answer the two most common medical questions: “What could be wrong?” and “Where should I go for treatment?” Millions of consumers around the globe have downloaded the free iTriage mobile app on their iPhone and Android devices, and thousands of healthcare providers use iTriage to reach and communicate critical facility and service information to patients. For more information, please visit http://about.iTriageHealth.com.