- Smartphone app instantly advises emergency department options
- Aims to improve service and spread patient load across hospitals
- First platform released under new WA innovation package
- App available now for Apple and Android
An Australian-first smartphone app puts choice in the hands of Perth health consumers, instantly advising travel times and waiting periods at hospital emergency departments.
Releasing the WA ED app at the launch of the State Government's new innovation package today, Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the technology aimed to improve services for families and save people time.
"This is innovation in action. Using innovative technology solutions like this can make a dramatic difference and the Government is proud to be at the forefront of delivering these outcomes," Mr Marmion said.
Developed by digital technology company Readify Ltd, the app uses publicly available real-time Department of Health and traffic data.
Health Minister John Day said the app would be especially useful as Perth entered the busy winter healthcare season.
"I envisage this becoming a must-have for families and individuals because it tells you how long you'll take to get to an ED and how many people are in the queue," Mr Day said.
"By giving ED options, it also allows people to make informed decisions about whether to attend a hospital or use other health centres such as after-hours clinics. It will help spread ED patient load across the hospital system as well."
Mr Marmion said the app was a prime example of the potential for innovation through the Government's Open Data Policy, which made data available for public use and technology development.
"This app is simple, accessible and responsive, and it was invented right here," he said.
"Innovation will not only drive economic growth and improve productivity, it will help deliver better and more responsive Government services to all Western Australians."
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