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Smartphone app will now connect consumers to athenahealth’s network of doctors

Watertown’s athenahealth Inc., a company that provides electronic health record services to doctors and other medical professionals, said it has partnered with a Colorado company that has designed a mobile app that helps consumers resolve medical problems.

The Colorado company is iTriage, and its app allows consumers to use their smartphones to learn more about their medical problems and find out about nearby treatment options. One tool in the iTriage app enables smartphone users to book doctors’ appointments.

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The partnership between iTriage and athenahealth will potentially connect the 8 million people who have used the iTriage app to athenahealth’s network of 40,000 health care providers, athenahealth said in a press release.

“As we work to be medical caregivers’ most trusted service, we’ll continue to innovate and build partnerships that create mutually beneficial synergies for providers and patients, introduce new efficiencies to care coordination, and nurture and enable patient engagement,” athenahealth chief executive and chairman Jonathan Bush said in a statement.

Bush’s company seems to be intent on exploring ways how smartphones can be used in the health care ecosystem.

Earlier this month, athenahealth completed its $293 million acquisition of Epocrates Inc., a California firm whose mobile app allows doctors to call up drug summaries on their smartphones. That deal is expected to help athenahealth, which processes insurance claims and patient payments, expand a newer business for software to prescribe drugs and keep patient records.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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