DENVER, Colo. —Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has launched a pilot program offering patients mobile and online appointment-scheduling services through consumer healthcare application iTriage.
The scheduling functionality now is available in both the Chicago and Denver markets.
“Today’s consumers are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to access health care information and services, wherever they are and whenever they need it,” said Heather Helle, divisional VP for Walgreens Consumer Solutions Group. “Integrating with the mobile and online appointment-setting technology of iTriage allows us to provide our patients with another tool to help them better manage their personal health care.”
When patients schedule an appointment at select Take Care Clinics using the free iTriage mobile app or website, they receive an immediate response to their request, increasing efficiency and streamlining the appointment process. iTriage also lets users identify symptoms, learn more about medical conditions and access a nationwide directory of medical providers.
“Consumers expect more control and convenience when accessing health care information and services, and iTriage is empowering patients to make more informed decisions,” iTriage co-founder and CEO Peter Hudson said. “As an early innovator in the adoption of the retail clinic model and of mobile appointment setting, Take Care Clinics clearly recognize this dynamic market shift, and the value this service can offer its patients. We are hopeful that as the benefits of the iTriage app are demonstrated, that we can further expand the reach of this program.”
iTriage is available as a free download from app stores for iPhone and Android devices, and is accessible from any Internet-enabled device at iTriageHealth.com.