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Canadian iPhone app lets people check ER wait times

A new iPhone app that shows users the wait times at emergency rooms is aiding patients in Calgary, Canada.

January 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
There's a new iPhone app in the Canadian city of Calgary that allows patients to check wait times at emergency rooms across the city before seeking treatment.

An emergency room doctor helped design the program. It has the ability to plot a route to the emergency room and gives an estimated driving time.

"It allows me to prepare when I know I need to go to the emergency department I need to know what to expect, and that helps people deal with that wait time a whole lot better," said Calgary Foothills Hospital Dr. Cheri Nijssen-Jordan.

Alberta's health minister says the emergency room app is just the beginning. He believes it will change not only how people access and think about healthcare.