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Heading to the Newton-Wellesley emergency room? There's an app for that

Posted by Sarah Thomas  May 17, 2011 05:50 PM

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Wondering how long you may have to wait at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital's emergency room? Now you can answer that question with a glance at your iPhone. The Newton-Wellesley Hospital and MedTouch recently announced the launch of a new iPhone application for the hospital.

The NWH Wait Time iPhone Application was approved by Apple and is available in the iTunes App Store as a free download. The application features near real-time reporting of emergency room wait times, integrated directions to the ER and pre-registration, and mobile optimized physician profiles with contact information.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is one of only a handful of hospitals in the Northeast to offer this complimentary service to patients, according to a release.

Last October, Newton-Wellesley launched the mobile website and homepage wait time widget.

“Our hospital is located right on the Northeast’s Tech Corridor. With a technologically savvy patient population, we knew we needed to provide convenient mobile applications, such as the ER wait time, mobile website, and iPhone app," said Brian O’Dea, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

The iPhone application comes with an additional searchable provider database, complete with physician profile pages optimized for smartphone use including directions quick-links and contact information for all physicians.

“The iPhone application improves access to the hospital for patients, who can now find and contact Newton- Wellesley physicians on the go,” said Sandra Fancher, Vice President of Client Services and Strategy at MedTouch. “With the launch, Newton-Wellesley Hospital is also now able to accurately demonstrate the efficiency and speed of care delivery available to patients who choose the hospital for their medical services."

The Newton-Wellesley Hospital also maintains a presence on social media sites Facebook and Twitter, as well as YouTube.

Sarah Thomas can be reached at sarah.m.thomas@gmail.com.

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