Those who live with HIV/AIDS struggle to find appropriate providers and we applaud the AAHIVM for strategically thinking about the ways in which information can be distributed to these individuals.
Denver, CO and Washington D.C. (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
On the eve of National HIV Testing Day, global health care technology company iTriage® today announced the addition of 814 HIV Specialists™ to its mobile and Web platform, based upon data supplied through a partnership with the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). This integration provides an extension for HIV/AIDS care management and places those who are afflicted with the condition directly in touch with specialists who promote excellence in HIV/AIDS care. iTriage and AAHIVM’s partnership signals a novel way for HIV/AIDS patients to coordinate and manage their care directly from their smartphones.
“Those who live with HIV/AIDS struggle to find appropriate providers and we applaud the AAHIVM for strategically thinking about the ways in which information can be distributed to these individuals,” said iTriage CEO and co-founder Peter Hudson, M.D. “iTriage is uniquely designed to empower patients who want to better manage their health care challenges with information, personal health record access, medication alerts, a directory of providers specific to their condition, and more.”
To be accredited as an HIV Specialist™ in HIV and AIDS care by AAHIVM, medical professionals must be licensed providers in the state of practice. Additionally, they must be actively treating a specified number of HIV patients, engaged in ongoing continuing medical education and pass a credentialing exam that measures knowledge of HIV care topics. Due to the rapid advancement of HIV research and shifting treatment protocols, HIV Specialists are recertified by AAHIVM every two years.
Though many in the medical field now consider HIV/AIDS a chronic condition, the HIV/AIDS population faces many health care challenges, including:
- Locating a quality HIV care provider in their area
- Managing personal health care information
- Battling co-existing conditions that can include: high blood pressure, heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, bone loss and cognitive decline
“Given that 50,000 new cases of HIV are identified each year, it is imperative that these patients quickly move into quality care,” said James M. Friedman, executive director of AAHIVM. “iTriage will play a pivotal role in providing patients the information they need to best manage their condition.”
To obtain iTriage, consumers and patients can download the free app for any Apple® or Android™ device, or access it online at http://www.iTriageHealth.com.
iTriage LLC, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a global health care 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 health care 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 through the iTunes App store or Android Market, or used the iTriage website at http://www.itriagehealth.com/. In addition, thousands of health care providers already use the iTriage platform to reach more consumers and increase patient engagement.
The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) is a not-for-profit professional organization that supports the HIV practitioner and promotes accessible, quality care for all Americans living with HIV disease. Our membership of HIV practitioners and credentialed providers give direct care to more than three-fourths of HIV patients in the US. For more information, please visit http://www.aahivm.org.