LaPlace, LA, September 29, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- With U.S. smartphone ownership at 40% and climbing, more consumers than ever before are turning to their mobile devices to access information online, according to a recent Pew Internet study. River Parishes Hospital announced today that it is increasing its presence in the growing mobile market by partnering with iTriage® - a mobile healthcare application developed by Healthagen.
iTriage is a free consumer healthcare app that lets users quickly and easily access medical information as well as directions to the closest most appropriate facility for their particular condition. iTriage is available as a free download from the app stores for iPhone® and Android® devices, and can be accessed from any Internet-enabled device at www.iTriageHealth.com.
Schumacher Group, the nation’s third largest emergency and hospital medicine management firm, has brought iTriage to River Parishes Hospital. This technology provides the LaPlace and nearby New Orleans communities with the resources to make informed medical decisions anytime and anywhere. The interactive mobile 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 detailed River Parishes Hospital information like services, specialties, hours of operation and turn-by-turn directions
“At River Parishes Hospital, we understand how important it is for the members of our community to access medical care and information as quickly as possible,” said Marci Ayme-Jeandron, Director of Business Development at River Parishes Hospital. “Our partnership with iTriage allows us to connect with our patients when they have an immediate medical need.”
“When healthcare providers put useful medical information into the palm of their patient’s hands, with iTriage, consumers are empowered to make informed decisions about where they will seek care for their medical condition,” said Peter Hudson, MD, CEO of Healthagen, developer of iTriage. “We live in a new world that requires patients to be more informed and responsible for their health and iTriage allows them to play a larger role in their healthcare.”
About River Parishes Hospital
Located in LaPlace, River Parishes Hospital is a Joint Commissioned-accredited hospital serving nearly 120,000 residents in St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes. River Parishes Hospital includes nearly 140 physicians whose services are enhanced by highly skilled health care professionals. The 106-bed acute care facility features a Level II Nursery and a Level III Trauma Center. For more information, please visit http://www.riverparisheshospital.com.
About Healthagen, developer of iTriage
Co-founded in 2008 by two emergency physicians, Healthagen LLC 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. For more information about Healthagen and iTriage, please visit http://www.Healthagen.com.