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2013 Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Andrew Wineke
New tools will allow consumers to check in at an ER or urgent care, or book an appointment with a physician from their smartphone, tablet or computer
Centura Health, working with the Denver-based health care software firm iTriage, will soon offer consumers the ability to inform one of Centura Health’s emergency rooms or urgent cares that they are on their way, or to book an appointment with their health care provider. Centura Health is the first health system in Colorado to offer these new features across its network. The “tell us you’re coming” and appointment features are already in use at several Centura Health hospitals and physician offices and will eventually be available throughout the state. The online and mobile tools can also help walk people through symptoms to learn more about potential health problems, giving consumers greater control over their own health and well-being.
The iTriage Employer Health Plan tools will be used by the 22,000 associates and family members on Centura Health’s own health plan to help them find providers in their insurance network – functionality that will also be used in a variety of programs aimed at delivering accountable, high-value care. Using the online or mobile tools, consumers can find maps and directions, contact information, descriptions of what services are available, and physician bios.
This iTriage technology will support Centura Health’s accountable care initiatives, including the Medicare Shared Savings Program, housing all information needed to inform Medicare fee-for-service patients where they can go for care and allowing them to conveniently book appointments and check in online or via their smartphone or tablet with participating providers when care is needed.
Centura Health is the first health system in the region to use iTriage to support accountable care programs. These tools will help to bring the patient into the equation for care coordination in Centura Health’s statewide network.
Connecting with consumers through technology is another step on Centura Health’s journey to transform health care and deliver optimal health care value – offering better outcomes, improved service and convenience, and affordable costs.
IMPROVING HEALTH CARE VALUE
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About Centura Health
Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, is focused on connecting Colorado and Kansas to affordable, world-class care. Centura Health’s integrated network includes 14 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life® Colorado, 13 Colorado Health Neighborhoods and home care and hospice services. More than 16,200 of the best hearts and minds in medicine, along with over 6,000 physician partners, have access to the most technologically advanced tools available. For consumers, this means the top expertise and technology is right where you need it – close to where you are. We reach beyond hospital walls to connect with people at every stage of life; Connections that only Centura Health can make. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.
iTriage LLC, headquartered in Denver, Colo., is a global healthcare technology company founded in 2008 by two emergency medicine physicians. The company’s market-leading platform and mobile/website applications offer a proprietary Symptom-to-Provider™ pathway that empowers consumers to make better health care decisions. iTriage helps people answer the two most common medical questions: “What could be wrong?” and “Where could I go for treatment?” Millions of consumers around the globe have downloaded the free iTriage mobile app through the iTunes App store or Android Market, or used the iTriage website at www.itriagehealth.com. In addition, thousands of health care providers already use the iTriage platform to reach more consumers and increase patient engagement.