HOUSTON (March 28, 2011) – Park Plaza Hospital today launched a mobile application to further connect the hospital to community members and increase access to health-related information. The mobile application, powered by WorldLink, is available as a free download for iPhone™, iPad™, iTouch™ and Android™ products. Windows™ and BlackBerry™ versions of the application will be available in June.
The application allows users to access:
ER Wait Time – launches mobile web browser to view hospital’s emergency room wait time;
Map and directions;
Call Us – a list of frequently-called hospital numbers;
My Data – an area to list allergies, emergency contacts, important contacts, insurance information, medical history, physician contacts and medications;
First Aid Guide;
Health Library; and
Physician Finder – find a physician online
“Every day, people look for ways to manage their health care. Mobile applications provide a convenient and easy way to access health-related information,” said John Tressa, interim chief executive officer of Park Plaza Hospital. “We’re excited to offer this emerging technology to members of the Houston community.”
A survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reported that 17 percent of cell phone owners have used their phone to look up health information, with young adults aged 18-29 (29 percent) and Hispanics (25 percent) as the top users. In addition, a research2guidance report estimates that 1.4 billion people worldwide will have smartphones by 2015, and one in three people will have a health-related application on their phones.
To download your App, please visit www.parkplazahospital.com.
To download for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:
Search “Park Plaza Hospital” on the iTunes App StoreTM”
To download for Android:
Search for “Park Plaza Hospital” on the Android MarketplaceTM
About Park Plaza Hospital
Park Plaza Hospital, part of Tenet Texas, is a 444-bed acute care facility located at 1313 Hermann Drive in Houston, Texas. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Houston area for 30 years. Park Plaza Hospital provides a broad spectrum of medical and surgical services, including treatment of diabetes, cancer and other diseases, as well as orthopedics, cardiology, bariatrics and maternity care. The hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation programs promote a continuum of care for patients and their families. Park Plaza Hospital provides specialized care to senior adults in the Seniors Emergency Department and Inpatient Acute Care for the Elderly Unit. Park Plaza Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, and has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. To learn more about Park Plaza Hospital, visit www.parkplazahospital.com.