Overlake Hospital Medical Center and Providence Health & Services in Washington today announced their new partnerships with Healthagen® and its iTriage® application to give local residents on-the-go access to medical and facilities information through a free, consumer smartphone application for iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android™ and Palm® users, and also for all Web-enabled devices at iTriageHealth.com.
With the introduction of this premier level of service, Overlake and Providence, along with Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, are the first healthcare providers in this region to team with Healthagen. The three organizations join a growing number of medical providers throughout the United States offering the convenience of this interactive mobile technology. With this tool, users can:
• Search medical symptoms.
• Learn about possible causes of symptoms.
• Find appropriate locations for medical treatment.
• Get access to healthcare provider specialties, recognitions, videos and social media links.
“We have the great fortune to live and work in a community surrounded by many high tech companies and very tech-savvy consumers,” said Steve Marshall, MD, medical director of Overlake’s Emergency & Trauma Center. “By providing detailed information about our hospital, urgent care and medical clinics via iTriage, we’re able to reach smartphone users who want instant access to reliable healthcare information so they can seek treatment at the most appropriate and convenient location. This application allows us to connect with patients in a way that’s most helpful to them.”
“To excel as a healthcare provider in today’s busy, mobile society, it is essential that consumers have easy access to resources and information so they can make informed medical decisions wherever they are,” said Karina Jennings, vice president, Regional Marketing and Communications for Providence Health & Services in Washington. “Our partnership with iTriage gives the residents of our community greater control over their healthcare by making access to medical information more convenient.”
Developed by emergency room physicians, iTriage aggregates healthcare information in a structured and actionable way, and closes the information gap between doctors and patients. As the healthcare landscape changes, iTriage continues to provide technology to empower healthcare consumers, making it one of the leading free downloadable healthcare applications in both the iTunes® Apple® store and the Android™ Marketplace.
“Competition for the U.S. mobile smartphone user is heating up fast in Washington and Overlake Hospital Medical Center’s and Providence’s decision to partner with iTriage shows they are on the leading edge of this communication trend,” said Peter Hudson, M.D., CEO, Healthagen. “We look forward to working with Overlake and Providence to provide patients with improved access to healthcare information and medical services.”
About Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Overlake Hospital Medical Center (overlakehospital.org) is a nonprofit, non-tax-supported regional medical center with a network of medical clinics throughout the Eastside. The hospital is licensed for 337 beds and offers a comprehensive range of services including cardiac care, cancer care, general and specialty surgery, women’s programs, senior care, psychiatric services and the first Level III trauma service on the Eastside. Overlake also participates in a wide range of community outreach activities including health fairs and free health screening events, and offers wellness classes and wellness publications.
About Providence Health & Services, Washington
Providence Health & Services in Washington (providence.org) is a not-for-profit network of hospitals, physicians, clinics, care centers, hospice and home health programs, and other services. With more than 35 ministries across the state, including eight hospitals, our integrated network of health and service organizations work together to provide high quality, compassionate care to those in need. This continues a tradition of compassionate service started more than 150 years ago by our founders, the Sisters of Providence.
Healthagen (Healthagen.com), a privately held company headquartered in Lakewood, CO, is a global developer of healthcare information software that empowers patients to make better decisions. Co-founded by two practicing emergency physicians, Drs. Peter Hudson and Wayne Guerra, the company's flagship Web and mobile product iTriage (iTriageHealth.com) has been downloaded and used millions of times by healthcare consumers around the globe, generating tens of millions of medical searches and self-assessments. In addition, hundreds of medical providers and thousands of physicians have partnered with iTriage to provide patients with critical information about their facilities and medical practices, making it more efficient for patients to access the healthcare system.