Friday, May 25, 2012

Medical Emergency? There's An APP for That.

In the world of the smartphone, many of the features we use them for are as far away from the 'smart' as you can get. Sure there are apps that help productivity for work, personal life, even health, but the time spent on them is far more likely to be social than anything else. Scattered among the many social media, media streaming, and game apps are ones that can be helpful.




One such app for Android powered phones has been created by American Red Cross in partnership with Sharecare and Dr. OzS.O.S. is an app that provides step-by-step instructions on dealing with a variety of emergencies, including choking, broken bones, strokes, allergic reactions and more. Dr. Oz narrated dozens of videos to coach you through emergency protocols. There are Quick Care factoids to help you learn what to do before an emergency strikes. And, if you’re not in the US,  the app will determine what country you’re in and dial the appropriate emergency number.

If you type in Emergency in your app store - whichever OS phone you are using - you can find a number of apps that could be helpful from other first aid response type apps to emergency info.

ICE: In Case of Emergency is an app that can store your Medical data & contacts for first responders in case of emergency involving you. CAN USE EVEN WHEN THE PHONE IS PATTERN/PIN/PASSWORD LOCKED. The ICE lock screen also includes an optional "if found" message in case you lose your phone. Some of the info it stores includes:
  • A list of people to call -- can call directly from the app
  • Insurance information
  • Doctor names and numbers -- can call directly from the app
  • Allergies
  • Medical Conditions
  • Medications
  • Any special instructions or other information you wish to provide
Another one called Emergency Tools gives immediate access to emergency numbers (fire, police, medical and other emergency numbers) around the world as well as other tools that can be used in case of an emergency (flashlight, compass). In order to quick use all features this app has widgets that can be placed in phone home screen, allowing executing any feature with just one click. Sounds like a Zombie preparedness app to me.

The point is, if you are going to have a 'smart' phone you might as well have a few things on it that are actually smart, and these emergency or first aid type apps can come in handy in a pinch.  I am a little leery about storing some personal info that can be contacted easily, but when needed it could be far more useful than any detriments.