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App introduced to cut down waiting time at hospitals

2012/06/15 18:29:43

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) A smartphone application designed to reduce hospital waiting times was revealed at a medical show Friday in an effort to make visiting hospitals a less time-consuming experience.

Besides telling users how many people are waiting, the free app also provides other detailed information like location maps, doctors’profiles and clinic timetables, said Pony Weng of Goodpoint Technology, the inventor of the app.

"With the app, you can see how many people are queuing in line. If you hold a high appointment number, you won’t need to come to the hospital or clinic early,”Weng said, introducing the app to crowds attending the Taiwan International Medical and Health Exhibition.

“It helps people use their time more efficiently,”he said, adding that he always consults the app whenever he needs to visit a doctor.

Acknowledging that many hospitals have already developed their own apps, Weng said his company's creation is the most comprehensive one, offering data on more than 20,000 clinics and 5,000 pharmacies nationwide.

About 20,000 individuals have downloaded the app since it was put on trial in April, he said.

(By Nancy Liu)
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