Not just for hypochondriacs

Look up medical symptoms, diseases, and procedures in a logically designed app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

If you're regularly diagnosing an itchy spot, chronic cough, or other mystery ailment online, iTriage's medical-reference app for the iPhone and iPod Touch could save you some steps. The app lets you search and browse hundreds of symptoms, diseases, and procedures in a logically, possibly overly designed layout that's nevertheless easily navigated.

In addition to useful descriptions of the condition, treatments, and medical tests, the app also offers a plethora of support links to your insurer's advice line, medical Web sites like Web MD, and in-app Google Web searches with results that include images and further information about the condition. In addition, iTriage can use the iPhone's GPS to help you find nearby pharmacies, hospitals, and other treatment centers.

For all its strengths, iTriage also suffers a few avoidable and mostly minor weaknesses. For instance, it requires more navigational tapping than we think necessary. Also, some information is missing, like the phone numbers to pharmacies in our area, a medical sketch of each ailment in the disease, and symptom overview. Still, the application is a promising hub for basic information--though most of this introductory information is also available for free from other Internet sources, like Medpedia. iTriage covers just the U.S. for the now, though it may incorporate other cities and countries worldwide in later versions.

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