SwedishAmerican Hospital goes mobile with iTriage

Online Staff Report

In response to the growing number of smartphone users, SwedishAmerican Hospital has partnered with iTriage — a one-stop health care app that lets consumers quickly and easily access information about symptoms, diseases and procedures, and even alert hospital staff of an impending arrival.

At SwedishAmerican Hospital, we recognize the importance of connecting with our patients when they have an immediate medical need,” said Dr. John Underwood, medical director, Department of Emergency Medicine. “Launching the ER Check-In feature with iTriage offers a convenience to our patients and allows staff to prepare in advance for their visit.”

Infinity HealthCare, the Midwest region’s premier provider of Emergency Department Management services, has brought iTriage to SwedishAmerican Hospital. An iTriage partnership with Infinity HealthCare was announced earlier this year. As a free resource to the community, iTriage lets users find critical facility information like services provided, specialties, hours and directions.

iTriage also lets users do the following:

• Search medical symptoms and conditions;

• Learn about possible causes and treatment options;

• Get medication refill and appointment reminders added to personal calendars; and

• Access a nationwide database of every medical provider in the country.

iTriage gives health care facilities a way to leverage mobile devices and wireless networks to provide better care for patients, and puts actionable information into the hands of consumers, including facility mapping, so they can easily obtain treatment,” said Peter Hudson, M.D., co-founder of iTriage. “We recognize Infinity HealthCare and SwedishAmerican Hospital for their innovation in adopting mobile solutions that improve health care delivery.”

iTriage is available as a free download from app stores for iPhone and Android mobile devices, and is accessible from any Internet-enabled device at www.iTriageHealth.com.

SwedishAmerican Hospital is at 1401 E. State St., Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 966-2066 or online at www.swedishamerican.org.

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally-governed health care system, with headquarters in Rockford. The health system is composed of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation, and has an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.

Posted March 20, 2013

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