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Check your symptoms and get some help with iTriage for Android tablets

If you've ever been to the emergency room you know how it works. They ask you to describe your symptoms and unless you have a really high fever or some type of trauma, they usually ask you to wait. That's because they use the triage system at the emergency room and it's designed to ensure they see the most critical patients first.

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The iTriage app for Android tablets was was created by two emergency room physicians to help people answer health questions such as "What might I have?" and "Where could I go for treatment?". Using the app, you can input your symptoms to search for possible diseases or conditions and you also can touch an area on the human figure, male or female, to expedite your search. Then if you do go to the emergency room you'll have better information to share when you arrive. In some cases it may save you a trip.

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The app also can direct you to the closest emergency room, urgent care clinic, pharmacy and other medical facilities. It also includes a directory of doctors, sorted by specialty, in your area that can viewed as a list or in Google map view. Below is a list of some features.

  • Information on thousands of symptoms, diseases, and medical procedures.
  • A nationwide directory of all U.S. hospitals, urgent cares, retail clinics, and pharmacies.
  • Find the nearest doctor from our list of over 750,000 physicians across more than 350 specialties.
  • Turn-by-turn facility directions from GPS, address, or zip code.
  • Emergency Room Wait Times and pre-registration for hospitals in select parts of the country.
  • Save medical providers directly to your contacts.

I gave the app a try on a Motorola Xoom running Android 3.1 and everything worked fine except the Google map view feature. Markers for the doctors appeared on the map but the map itself would not display. To make sure it wasn't a Google problem, I tried other map programs and they worked without incident. So the map feature must have some bugs. Other than that, the app is great and it's free.

[Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2011 4:16pm]

    

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