Taking its popular iTriage app to the next level, developer Healthagen, Lakewood, Colo., just bought AppointmentCity.com. Through the acquisition, iTriage can now offer the ability to make and change appointments with physicians and other clinicians, company officials say.
AppointmentCity provides tools for managing appointments online, through the web, as well as through smartphones and other mobile devices. iTriage already sports a symptom checker, personal health record storage, disease research tools and international database of providers, making online appointment setting the next logical app, company officials point out. The company is riding a bit of a high right now, having just logged its one millionth customer in January.
The new functionality might even prove a boon to physicians, as patients find it easier to find and communicate with them, company officials predict. "The extension will add tremendous value to consumers who use iTriage for all their medical information needs, as well as creating access to new patients and generating efficiencies for our existing customers," says Healthagen CEO Peter Hudson.
The app also allows healthcare providers--physicians, hospitals, dentists, urgent care clinics, etc.--to set and change appointments through the iTriage system. This could add an important, and unique, customer base to what many consider a consumer-driven product.
One intriguing question we're interested in answering: Will Sutter Health Network in Sacramento, Calif., grab the new appointment-setting function? The massive health system partnered with iTriage last August to provide the app to thousands of staff at its physician groups, hospitals, emergency rooms and clinics.
For more information:
- read this press release regarding the AppointmentCity acquisition
- check out this Sutter Health release from August touting its decision to go with iTriage
- here's a Lifehacker post from October about iTriage