Summa Health System Puts ER Wait Times in the Palm of Your Hand

Thursday, July 8, 2010 General News J E 4

AKRON, Ohio, July 8 Summa Health System today announced a new collaboration with Healthagen® to provide valuable health information with the free iTriage® smartphone application. Through iTriage, mobile consumers have access to Summa's door-to-doctor emergency room wait times, hospital locations, urgent care centers, physician specialties and health information.

Emergency room wait times are updated every 10 minutes for Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa St. Thomas Hospital and Summa Western Reserve Hospital, as well as Summa-affiliate Robinson Memorial Hospital. Wait times are defined as the time elapsed from when a patient walks through the emergency room door to when he or she is seen by a doctor. Wait times for Summa Wadsworth-Rittman and Summa Barberton Hospitals will be available in the near future.

iTriage users also can search for health information by symptom, disease, procedure or provider. For example, a person having abdominal pain can research that symptom for more information, specifically look up appendicitis or learn about an appendectomy. iTriage will provide a list of recommended physicians in the area for the procedure or disease. The application can be easily downloaded for all iPhone®, Android(TM) and Blackberry® users at or viewed online at

"As more and more people rely on their smartphones to find information online, iTriage users can easily access health information whenever and wherever they want," said Brant Russell, RN, MSN, MBA, system director of emergency and trauma services for Summa Health System. "Applications like this are the wave of the future, both in terms of being an educated health consumer and having access to up-to-date hospital data like emergency room wait times and physician contact information."

About Summa Health System

Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by HealthGrades, U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit

SOURCE Summa Health System


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