Tallahassee, FL, March 03, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Capital Regional Medical Center has been selected as the first Florida hospital to pilot a new iTriage® feature that allows hospital staff to further prepare for the medical needs of incoming patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the demand for emergency services in the U.S. has been on the rise since 1996. With higher patient volume, those needing emergency services are finding overcrowded ERs and longer wait times. Capital Regional Medical Center has streamlined the intake process for patients, was the first hospital in Tallahassee to publicize average ER Wait Times and now boasts the area’s shortest ER Wait time.
iTriage® – a free, consumer-based healthcare application, developed by Colorado-based Healthagen® is piloting the new feature with this Florida hospital - the first hospital in the state and one of the first in the nation to roll out the cutting-edge program. Now, patients can use their smartphones to:
· Save time by filling out the intake information on their way into the hospital, which facilitates the registration process
· Notify hospital staff that an extended-sized wheelchair will be needed for patient unloading
· Inform nurses that the incoming patient has allergies or other special medical needs, and more
Now, when a consumer uses the iTriage application to locate Capital Regional Medical Center, the user will have the option to click “iNotify” from the provider search or deep view pages in which the hospital facility is highlighted. From there, the patient will fill out specific details like, name, phone number, allergies, symptoms experienced, gender, age and anything else helpful for ER staff to know prior to arrival.
“Capital Regional Medical Center is delighted to be chosen as the first hospital in Florida to pilot this revolutionary program,” said Bud Wethington, Capital Regional Medical Center President and CEO. “By allowing our patients to use iNotify in advance and relay important medical needs and conditions to expect, we are able to provide a patient experience that far exceeds expectations.”
“As a healthcare app that aggregates symptom, disease, procedure and provider information, iTriage is helping empower consumers with their healthcare needs,” said Peter Hudson, M.D., CEO, Healthagen. “Capital Regional Medical Center is leading the leading the way toward providing those patients with expedited care and unmatched mobile access.”
Reporters & Editors: Carlo Oller, M.D. is available for on-camera interviews to demonstrate the iTriage feature and talk about this latest pilot project that will soon change the way patients alert emergency department staff about specific medical needs and requirements.
About Capital Regional Medical Center
Capital Regional Medical Center provides the highest quality healthcare in the area. Our comprehensive approach to healthcare includes providing state-of-the art medical services for prevention, early detection and treatment featuring the 3D HD daVinci Surgical System, the Capital Regional Cancer Center, housing the area’s only TomoTherpy Unit for cancer treatment, the Comprehensive Breast Center and Tallahassee’s first heart center. Capital Regional is the only hospital in Tallahassee that makes its ER wait times available to the public encouraging more than 70,000 people to choose the Capital Regional Medical Center emergency room each year when seconds count.
Healthagen, 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 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. For more information about Healthagen and iTriage, please visit www.Healthagen.com.