CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Need health advice? There's an app for that!
Southeast Hospital is bringing the iTriage application to the Heartland.
Before you go through the emergency room doors, Southeast Hospital Emergency Services Director, Linda Brown said the iTriage app allows you to push a button to find out how serious your medical issue is.
"It gives people opportunity to look up and get answers or research before they come to emergency room" Brown said. Two emergency room doctors created the iTriage app, to bring your doctor right to your phone.
Here's how it works: Just download the free app and plug in your symptoms. For instance, if you have a stomach ache, you can search for that and find out if its just something you ate or something more serious like an appendicitis. If you need an emergency room visit, Triage has a 911 button or GPS technology to help you find the closest care no matter where you are.
"If you happen to be in the northern most reaches of Bollinger County and you have a cell with you, you can look to see the closest provider" Brown said.
If it's not an emergency, iTriage can still help.
"iTriage can also touch with providers in your area, you can get information about providers" Brown adds.
With information on 300 symptoms, 1000 diseases and 350 medical problems, Triage isn't meant to replace healthcare…but Brown said, it gets you started.
"One of the things this helps with is really help people sort through weather they actually need ER visit, help cuts down unnecessary costs."
You can download the iTriage app for free to your iPhone or Android.