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iTriage Android app offers valuable health info on the go

by Ian Black

Having four kids, I often call myself "Dr. Dad." I've been through enough childhood illnesses and ER visits that I awarded myself an honorary medical degree. If needed, I can go lab coat to lab coat with doctors and nurses about symptoms, procedures and treatments. Now, I've added a great new tool to my virtual medical bag — iTriage.

The brainchild of two ER doctors, iTriage is a browsable medical resource app for the phone. It finds doctors and facilities by location, type or specialty. It also lets you look up symptoms and research diseases and procedures. In my testing, the app accurately found health facilities of various types — ER, urgent care, pharmacies and so on — in my area, and doctors that my family use. The app lets you quickly navigate to any of these places, using Google Maps Navigation.

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The breakdown of doctor specialties, diseases and procedures feels exhaustive. This isn't a dumb-down medical app. It features the real medical terminology used by doctors, so if you're told about a disease or treatment, you can easily look it up in the app.

In the "About This App," section, it tells how the two doctor/creators thought patients and their families needed more information about medical diagnoses and treatment that was being prescribed while they worked at an ER facility. They have successfully delivered a tool that provides that information in the form of an app.

I'll have this app handy on my next Dr. Dad house call.

iTriage is also available for the iPhone.