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Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - East Georgia ER? Yep, there's an 'app' for that

Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - East Georgia ER? Yep, there's an 'app' for that

Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - East Georgia ER? Yep, there's an 'app' for that

Jan Moore


      If you love technology, particularly cell phone technology, then you already know that phone 'apps,' as they are commonly referred to, are one of the tsunamis in technology development.
      For those of you that don't know what a phone app is, here is a quick definition from About.com (A part of the New York Times Company). "Apps is an abbreviation for application. An app is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic device."
      People download apps on their smartphones (i.e., iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys) all of the time. Some of the most popular apps at this time are Facebook, Pandora Radio, Google Maps, ZumZum, Ibooks, and Advanced Task Killer.
Okay, so what does that have to do with Statesboro, you ask? Well, the app below is really pretty interesting.
      East Georgia Regional Medical Center has announced the implementation of a signature iPhone app designed specifically to provide wait times, a map, a link to the main website and the phone number of the nearest Health Management hospital. Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE:HMA) is the owner of EGRMC, and currently operates 59 hospitals in 15 states.
      The ER Extra iPhone app can be downloaded for free at the iTunes app store, and can also be used on the iPad. Even though this app is dedicated solely to iPhone and iPad users, the company has also created mobile sites that allow similar features to be used on any smartphone.
      Emergency room wait times are tracked by the ProMed tool. They reflect the average wait time of the patients that were triaged during the previous hour. The data comes to East Georgia Regional in a feed directly from ProMed, a tool which tracks "Time to Triage".
      "All of these tools are made possible because of the strides we made last year in providing ER wait times online," said Bob Bigley, East Georgia Regional CEO. "I am confident that these new tools will only further enhance our patients' experiences and allow us to reach our goal of exceeding their expectations. We made a promise to continue developing new ways to do this and the addition of the iPhone app and mobile sites for smart phones are the next step."
      If you don't have an iPhone, you can access the hospital's mobile sites which are designed to recognize that the user is accessing a website via their smartphone as opposed to a traditional computer. For those not requiring immediate emergent care, the ER Extra app is designed to help decision making in emergency care extra fast and extra easy.
       Of course, there is a disclaimer. When you search for the name of a Health Management hospital, and click on the link, you will immediately see a very important safety reminder. The safety reminder reads as follows: Information in this application is not a substitute for medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911.
       What will they think of next? Next time you see me and I am "tapping" the screen of my phone, I just might be checking to see what the wait time is at EGRMC. I can tell with this app that my curiosity is going to get the best of me.

      So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
      Got a scoop for Jan? Call her at (912) 489-9463 or email her at jmoore@statesboroherald.com

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