Birmingham, AL – June 13, 2011 – Gastroenterology Associates announced today that they have joined the growing number of physician groups across the country reaching out to mobile users through iTriage® - a smartphone application developed by Healthagen®.
According to a recent survey by Nielson Company, thirty-one percent of mobile consumers in the U. S. now own a smartphone, and that number is expected to grow, leading Gastroenterology Associates to expand its presence to the mobile community by providing immediate, on-the-go access to information about its physicians, offices, and a wide variety of healthcare information.
To access iTriage, consumers can download the free application from the app stores for their iPhone® or Android™ devices, or access it through any Web-enabled device at www.iTriageHealth.com.
By deploying the iTriage application, the physicians at Gastroenterology Associates provide patients with detailed information about their backgrounds, capabilities, and areas of specialization. Residents and visitors in Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding communities can also use the interactive mobile technology of iTriage to do the following:
- Search medical symptoms
- Learn about possible causes
- Access specific facility information such as hours of operation, services provided, and turn-by-turn directions to the closest and most appropriate facility for their condition using GPS capabilities
- Access Google Health™ personal health records
“We are proud to offer the latest advanced technology to our patients, all of which reinforces our commitment to improving healthcare access and information,” said Mark Johnson, Administrator, Gastroenterology Associates. “Our partnership with iTriage compliments our focus on providing more information about our specialty physicians and helps our patients quickly obtain medical information to make informed healthcare decisions.”
“As a healthcare app that aggregates symptom, disease, procedure and provider information, iTriage is helping to empower consumers with their healthcare needs,” said Peter Hudson, M.D., CEO, Healthagen. “We applaud Gastroenterology Associates for recognizing the growing smartphone trend and its capabilities for further connecting doctors and patients.”
About Gastroenterology Associates, N.A. P.C.
Founded in 1976, Gastroenterology Associates has grown to eleven physicians practicing in three offices in the Birmingham area. All physicians are board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. All physicians treat diseases and disorders of the digestive tract, gallbladder, pancreas and liver. For more information visit http://www.gastrodocs.info.
Mark Johnson, 205.397.1225
Marcia Noyes, 720.496.2219
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 www.Healthagen.com.