Put Healthline in your pocket th­ese hol­i­days!

Central Leader - - HEALTH& WELL-BEING -

Auck­lan­ders head­ing away on hol­i­day can now take Healthline with them! Healthline re­ceived nearly 30,000 calls from the Auck­land, Waitem­ata and Coun­ties Manukau DHB re­gions in the July to Septem­ber 2013 quar­ter, and de­mand is ex­pected to re­main high over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

The Healthline symp­tom checker is an easy to down­load and use free app that pro­vides ex­pert health ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion from Healthline, com­ple­ment­ing the Healthline tele­phone ad­vice ser­vice.

Peo­ple find their symp­toms from a com­pre­hen­sive list on the app – for ex­am­ple, ‘ rash – wide­spread’ – or by us­ing the ‘browse by body parts’ op­tion, and the app then sug­gests a course of ac­tion. That could be to call an am­bu­lance, see a doc­tor within 24 hours or ad­vice on how to man­age the con­di­tion at home, just as when peo­ple phone Healthline.

The symp­tom checker has been tai­lored for New Zealand con­di­tions, with emer­gency num­bers, such as the Na­tional Poi­sons Cen­tre and in­for­ma­tion on health or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The app is avail­able to down­load free onto Ap­ple iPhones or iPads via a link from the Healthline web­site: www.healthline.govt.nz, or di­rect from the Ap­ple App store, and is likely to be rolled out to other tech­nol­ogy in the fu­ture.

Healthline is funded by the Min­istry of Health and pro­vided by Med­ibank Health So­lu­tions.

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