If you’re headed to the hospital and would like to notify the emergency room of your pending arrival and symptoms, there’s an app for that now.
LewisGale Regional Health System is partnering with iTriage, a health care technology company that has developed a way for smartphone users to communicate with providers before they even check in.
Once consumers download the free app to their phone or iPad, they can see the closest hospital emergency room, physician’s office or urgent care center in the region.
Providers that pay an annual fee to iTriage, such as LewisGale, will have the added benefit of being able to receive written communications from the app users.
After the patient hits “submit,” a telephone rings in the emergency room, informing workers there to check for an iTriage fax with the pertinent information.
“Getting a heads-up about the patient’s pending arrival and symptoms gives us the opportunity to prepare and better mobilize our resources to care for their specific medical needs,” said Lisa Edwards, emergency room director for LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.