Monday, January 03, 2011

iTriage App for SmartPhones


*This is a sponsored post through Mom Bloggers Club.*

I don't do sponsored posts unless I think the info is genuinely useful, and in this case, I do... iTriage is a free medical reference application for Smartphones (iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, and Palm, and coming soon to Blackberry). Here's what it offers:

■ Information on more than 300 symptoms, 1000 diseases, and 350 medical procedures
■ A nationwide directory of hospitals, urgent cares, retail clinics, pharmacies, and physicians
■ Turn-by-turn facility directions from GPS, IP address, or zip code locations
■ Nurse advice lines
■ Detailed quality reports from HealthGrades on hospitals and physicians
■ Help negotiating medical bills
■ Emergency Room wait times for hospitals in select parts of the country

I just downloaded it from the Android Market (fast, no problem) and found the app to be simple to use and full of helpful information all in one place. Were I actually away from home and needing medical care, I think this would be a very handy tool to have. I just did a "test run" by telling this app that I needed emergency care, and within seconds, it showed me the nearest urgent care clinics and hospitals with ERs.

The only disappointment was that when it showed me a link to "See a Quality Report on this Hospital," it just sent me to the HealthGrades home page, rather than supplying a direct link to information on that hospital. Once at HealthGrades, I had to navigate through the tiny fill-in boxes to type in the names and locations of hospitals I was interested in researching. And no wait times listed yet for my area, though that would be an amazing feature!

Then I told the app I had blurry vision, and it came back with the ten most common health problems that cause blurry vision. Clicking on "migraine" gave me links to find medical help, a description of symptoms, tests, treatment, and diagrams.

I'm betting this app will become more useful with time as they keep improving the features, but in the meantime, it's already clearly worth the free download.

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6 comments:

  1. It sounds like a really good tool - but the first thing that popped into my head? "Hypochondria - there's an app for that"

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  2. Enjoyed your post. We publish a clinics locator (Healthcare 311) and have followed iTriage's development with interest.

    Like your frustrations with iTriage's physician quality information - you wind up doing the 'finding' yourself, even after you've selected a doc using iTriage's app - we find their identification of non-urgent care locations is ... well, let's call it 'incomplete'.

    And regarding the helpfulness of their ER treatment locations, think: if you have a REAL emergency, are you going to tap away at your phone, or simply dial 3 digits - 9-1-1?

    We thought so. ;-)

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  3. sounds really cool. and you can't beat free :)

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  4. Actually, Greg, I'm perfectly likely to check my phone for ER locations. It's simple and quick.

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