Mobile App Publishes Choosing Wisely Recommendations

iTriage, an application that helps patients answer common medical questions, will make some Choosing Wisely® recommendations accessible to the public via its free mobile and web platforms.

Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, promotes conversations between physicians and patients based on evidence provided by specialty societies that have identified tests or procedures that should be discussed. Some campaign materials will be available to iTriage’s users across the country. With access to the Choosing Wisely recommendations on iTriage’s web and mobile applications, patients can participate more effectively in their health care decisions.

Among the recommendations that will be published by iTriage are these from three specialty societies:   

  • American College of Physicians: Do not obtain imaging studies in patients with nonspecific low back pain.
  • American College of Cardiology: Do not perform stenting of nonculprit lesions during percutaneous coronary intervention for uncomplicated, hemodynamically stable ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
  • American Society of Nuclear Cardiology: Do not perform radionuclide imaging as part of routine follow-up in asymptomatic patients.   

The iTriage app can be downloaded for free through the Apple iTunes App Store and the Google Play Android Market, or you may use the iTriage website.

The ABIM Foundation awarded TMA and its philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation, a grant to advance the Choosing Wisely campaign among Texas physicians. Support for the grant program comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   

Action, Feb. 3, 2014