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Doctors at Harrisburg medical center and prairie heart institute are working to remove the frustrations of ER wait time and traveling back and forth to hospitals through a single button on an iPhone app. Doctors at Harrisburg medical center and prairie heart institute are working to remove the frustrations of ER wait time and traveling back and forth to hospitals through a single button on an iPhone app.
Things called "Patient Portals" cut out the commute to St. Louis for treatment. Things called "Patient Portals" cut out the commute to St. Louis for treatment.
Cardiologists alike say time is everything when it comes to treating heart attack patients. Cardiologists alike say time is everything when it comes to treating heart attack patients.
ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

Being sick is hard enough.

That's why doctors at Harrisburg Medical Center and Prairie Heart Institute are working to remove the frustrations of ER wait time and traveling back and forth to hospitals through a single button on an iPhone app.

"The patient and their families can concentrate on the disease process and not add to it with the frustration of just trying to figure things out," said Prairie Heart Institute CEO.

And what about remembering your next check up?

There's an app for that too.

"To help them remember when their last visit was or was about. push a button to call the cardiologist, push a button to call the cardiologist nurse," Zito said.

Things called "Patient Portals" cut out the commute to St. Louis for treatment.

Patients now just log on to their computers.

"We can monitor that patient on a daily basis without them coming in," he said.

"There are many times where we are able to look at those from mobile devices when we are not even in the hospital," said Raed Aldallow, a cardiologist at Prairie Heart Institute.

Cardiologists alike say time is everything when it comes to treating heart attack patients.

"Our times for the past several years have been well under ninety minutes and we are very proud of that," he said.

Saying these handheld devices promote safer, better and faster care for both doctors and their patients on the fly.

"A more informed patients, is a more educated patient, is a patient with better health overall," he said.

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