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Gilbert, AZ, United States, 2011/08/31 - Patients now have convenient, on-the-go access to symptoms, diseases and facility information with free healthcare app - FastMed.com / Healthagen.com.
The explosive growth in mobile phone subscriptions has led FastMed Urgent Care to expand its presence in the mobile community from its North Carolina locations to include its Phoenix locations by launching iTriage® - a free consumer mobile healthcare application developed by Healthagen®.
A recent comScore report estimates that 70 million Americans now own a smartphone, and it’s predicted that 1 out of every 2 mobile subscribers will own one by the end of 2011. To access iTriage, consumers can download the free application from the app stores for their mobile devices or access it through any Web-enabled device at iTriageHealth.com.
Residents and visitors in the greater Phoenix area now have immediate mobile access to detailed information about FastMed Urgent Care’s five facilities in Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler and Florence. The interactive technology of iTriage also lets users:
• Search medical symptoms
• Learn about possible causes and treatment options
• Obtain medication information for treatment of a specific condition
• Find specific facility information like services provided, hours of operation and turn-by-turn directions to the closest FastMed location using GPS capabilities.
“As more consumers rely on their smartphones to find information, it’s crucial to provide the resources and technology to help them make informed medical decisions when minor accidents and illnesses occur,” said Michael P. Dunn, MD, Chief Medical Officer, FastMed Urgent Care Arizona. “Our partnership with iTriage allows us to connect with the residents and visitors in our communities when they need reliable healthcare information quickly.”
“Competition for the U.S. mobile smartphone user is heating up fast, and FastMed Urgent Care’s decision to partner with iTriage makes sense for this level of care,” said Peter Hudson, M.D., CEO, Healthagen, developer of iTriage. “We look forward to helping mobile patients find quality medical facilities across the country with iTriage and help empower patients with better access to healthcare information.”
About FastMed Urgent Care
FastMed Urgent Care is a North Carolina-based owner and operator of urgent care facilities with locations throughout North Carolina and in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Focusing on the delivery of non-appointment based medicine to the non-emergency patient market, FastMed urgent care centers are open 365 days a year and are staffed with experienced, licensed physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
About Healthagen, developer of iTriage
Co-founded in 2008 by two emergency physicians, Healthagen LLC (healthagen.net) is a privately held company headquartered in Lakewood, CO. iTriage, the company’s consumer mobile healthcare platform, 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 I have?” and “Where should I go for treatment?” Millions of consumers around the globe have downloaded iTriage on their mobile devices and thousands of healthcare providers use iTriage to reach and communicate critical facility and service information to patients.
Marcia Noyes, PR Director, Healthagen
P: 720-496-2219 / E: mnoyes[.]healthagen.net