Wait Lists – There is app for that!

The Hospital of Central Connecticut has launched a free iPhone application that provides information regarding the wait times in their emergency rooms.

http://www.courant.com/health/hc-er-wait-iphone-0223.artfeb23,0,4258815.story

The iPhone app complements an existing wait time application on the hospital’s web site.  The articles note that “Doctors say the system works in two ways, giving patients a sense of what to expect – or a nudge to visit the location with the shorter wait”.

So, when can I expect to find the Ontario equivalent in the iTunes application store?

Mike

2 responses to “Wait Lists – There is app for that!

  1. So now your iPhone can tell you that you have to wait weeks at a time instead of a person.

    Ain’t technology great 🙂

    Mark

  2. Ah, geez, Mark woke up in the wrong side of the bed again. While an iPhone app isn’t going to solve the wait list problem on its own, I bet that it will change behaviour with regard to if and, more importantly, when people head to emergency. If a hospital already has a system in place to track wait list times in real time then adding a public facing application (web, mobile phone, etc) is a very minor investment that I am willing to bet generates near immediate returns.

    Come on, Mark, shed your cynicism and start thinking about how we can creatively use IT to help address healthcare challenges. I know that you can come up with some brilliant (as well as some hair brained) ideas. Lets start hearing a few more of them.

    Mike

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