Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) acquired Healthagen, the developer of mobile health app iTriage, for an undisclosed amount. The smartphone app, which lets users check their symptoms, find physicians, book appointments and shop for medical supplies, already has 3 million downloads from iPhone’s App store and the Android market.
The insurance giant plans to integrate iTriage into part of its accountable care organization after it augments the app with some new features.
"We’re going to begin to change the health care industry by giving people tools they can put in the palm of their hand," Mark Bertolini, Aetna’s president & CEO told said at an investor conference last week, according to mobihealthnews.
iTriage creates a mobile environment similar to popular Internet medical sites like WebMD.
"There is an extensive vision for the consumer experience, but we do think that patient engagement will be key to the relationship here," Aetna’s Dr. Charles Saunders said at the same conference. "iTriage has relationships with several hundred hospitals and 10s of thousands of physicians. It is growing very rapidly."
Healthagen’s deal with the Schumacher Group added 180 new hospital customers in August, according to the website.
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