Southeast Missouri Hospital has joined with the makers of iTriage, a smartphone application, in an effort to make its facilities and doctors more accessible to potential patients.
The free iTriage app is available for iPhone, iPod touch, Android and Palm and information can be accessed at http://www.itriagehealth.com/
The app helps users search medical symptoms, learn about possible causes, find the nearest locations for treatment and search for doctors and specialists.
While the app doesn't exclusively access physicians and facilities affiliated with Southeast Missouri Hospital, through its sponsorship agreement with the company, the hospital is able to provide additional background information, photos and videos as part of the application.
"A lot of people have mobile devices now, so we wanted to be sure that health information was available to people when they are out of their homes and away from their computer," said Sherry Westbrook
Web Supervisor at Southeast Missouri Hospital. "If you're at a soccer game and someone gets hurt, you want to know where the closest provider is."
Hospital officials hope the app will be used by local residents and those traveling through the area that may be unfamiliar with local healthcare options.