iTriage: Help for negotiating bills

By: Brian Dolan | Mar 11, 2009        

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iTriageWhile it’s been available for download for a few weeks, Healthagen just officially announced the launch of its iTriage iPhone app (not to be confused with Triage Wireless). Designed by two Denver-based ER doctors, iTriage aims to help consumers make better healthcare decisions by providing relevant medical info, transparency around quality, and info and access to local healthcare facilities.

Here’s a list of uses for iTriage:

For educating yourself about symptoms, diseases, and medical procedures and learning how they interact.

Finding the best information about health on the web using a structured search tool from your phone.

Accessing information on disease description, standard medical work-up, common symptoms, and standard treatment on your phone while you are being evaluated in a healthcare facility.

Mapping, calling, and locating up to 60,000 medical facilities.

Obtaining quality reports on facilities and providers

Getting help negotiating your medical bills.

Check out the video below for a demo of iTriage and read on for the company’s official launch press release…

ER PHYSICIANS CREATE IPHONE APP THAT EMPOWERS PATIENTS

TO MAKE BETTER HEALTHCARE DECISIONS

iTriage App Provides Actionable Healthcare Information,

Offers Consumers “Healthcare in your Hand”

Englewood, CO – March 10, 2009 – HealthagenTM, a developer of healthcare information software, today announced the launch of iTriageTM for the iPhone, a smartphone application that empowers consumers to make better healthcare decisions through access to relevant medical information, transparency around quality, and information and access to local healthcare facilities. iTriage helps consumers evaluate their symptoms, lists potential diagnoses and provides locations for treatment.

Consumers can access iTriage’s expansive library of medical symptoms, diseases, and procedures to immediately see initial diagnostic options and get recommendations on the appropriate level of service required. iTriage integrates these results with geolocation technology to provide users with specific information on the most relevant nearby treatment facilities.

Users tap into a national directory of emergency departments, urgent care facilities, retail clinics, and pharmacies through iTriage’s proprietary healthcare-focused search engine. In addition to location-specific data for mapping purposes, consumers can get detailed information on these facilities including: enhanced descriptions of capabilities and areas of specialization, links to appropriate web sites, hours of operation and contact information. Quality reports from HealthGrades on hospitals and physicians can be downloaded and emailed directly to users’ iPhones.

Healthagen founders and emergency medicine physicians Peter Hudson, M.D. and Wayne Guerra , M.D. created iTriage to provide consumers with actionable healthcare information, something which has been a primary pain point for healthcare consumers for decades.

“As practicing doctors who have cared for more than 50,000 patients over the years, we’ve seen firsthand how a lack of adequate medical information has greatly challenged the medical decision-making process for healthcare consumers,” said Dr. Hudson, co-founder and CEO of Healthagen. “With iTriage, our goal is to bring healthcare information, transparency and access directly to the individual consumer.”

Partnerships with leading healthcare information, service and technology companies have been established to offer a range of service offerings unlike any mobile product available. These include leading healthcare companies like HealthGrades, TelaDoc Medical Services, and Coalition America, and will provide iTriage users with everything from quality and safety ratings and patient recommendations to 24×7 phone consultations with board certified physicians to assistance negotiating medical bills.

Beyond providing a valuable resource to the healthcare consumer, iTriage opens up a new medium for healthcare providers to interface with potential patients and customers. Through the iTriage application, healthcare providers have a direct link to consumers and are provided a new avenue with which to differentiate from local competitors and market their specific areas of specialty and treatment expertise.

iTriage is currently available in the Apple App Store for For educating yourself about symptoms, diseases, and medical procedures and learning how they interact.

Finding the best information about health on the web using a structured search tool from your phone.

Accessing information on disease description, standard medical work-up, common symptoms, and standard treatment on your phone while you are being evaluated in a healthcare facility.

Mapping, calling, and locating up to 60,000 medical facilities.

Obtaining quality reports on facilities and providers

Getting help negotiating your medical bills.

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About Healthagen

Healthagen is a developer of healthcare information software that empowers patients to make better decisions and gives healthcare treatment facilities improved access to additional patients. iTriage, the first application available from Healthagen, helps consumers evaluate their symptoms, lists potential diagnoses and provides access to appropriate locations for treatment. The proprietary healthcare search engine that is integrated into iTriage is far superior to any conventional search engine for point-of-care healthcare decision making. Healthagen was founded and iTriage developed by emergency medicine physicians. The company is privately- held and headquartered in Englewood, CO.