Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jun 21, 2010
Contact : Mike Valentino  
732-751-7538
mvalentino@meridianhealth.com

Meridian Health Deploys Smartphone App to Connect Mobile Users, Busy Travelers with Healthcare

Summer travelers have on-the-go access to medical and facilities information with the iTriage healthcare decision tool  

Neptune, NJ - Meridian Health today announced a new partnership with Healthagen® to promote its five hospitals on the free iTriage® smartphone medical applications for all iPhone® and Android™ users, and for all Web-enabled devices at www.meridianhealth.com/itriage.

With the introduction of this premier level of service, Meridian Health becomes the first hospital system in the tri-state area to utilize this interactive mobile technology, which allows consumers to search medical symptoms, learn about possible causes, and find appropriate locations for treatment. Residents of Monmouth and Ocean counties and their surrounding communities now have immediate on-the-go access to facility and services information from Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and Southern Ocean County Hospital directly from their mobile devices and computers.

“As the busy summer travel season begins, it makes perfect sense to expand our technological capabilities to give mobile users more medical information and access to our facilities,” said Richard Scott, M.D, senior vice president of Clinical Effectiveness and Medical Affairs at Meridian Health. “Our partnership with iTriage allows both locals and out-of-town visitors quick and convenient access to the information they need regarding medical services and treatment options.”

Built by emergency room physicians, iTriage aggregates healthcare information in a structured and actionable way, and closes the information gap between doctors and patients. As the healthcare landscape changes, iTriage continues to provide technology to empower healthcare consumers.

“Meridian Health’s decision to partner with iTriage speaks directly to their belief in providing cutting edge medical care through advanced technology. We look forward to a truly flourishing partnership with these experienced hospitals as more Americans adopt smartphones as their frontline communications tool,” said Peter Hudson, M.D., CEO, Healthagen, developer of iTriage.

About Meridian Health Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a distinction earned by less than 3% of hospitals nationwide.

About Healthagen Healthagen is a global developer of healthcare information software that empowers patients to make better decisions and gives healthcare treatment facilities improved access to additional patients. iTriage is a comprehensive and revolutionary smartphone application that helps consumers evaluate symptoms, find possible causes, learn about medical procedures and search for the most appropriate medical provider. Emergency medicine physicians developed iTriage and co-founded Healthagen – a privately held company headquartered in Lakewood, CO.