A panic attack on a national scale has taken place. The false emergency alert that was sent to Hawaii’s citizens’ iPhones made us sure that this way of warning would technically work. At least the message has been received and read. But what about saving lives in case of health emergencies?
Many of us have this harmful habit of belittling serious matters. One of them is our health. How many times have you postponed a medical visit or just said to yourself: It’s going to pass. So it passes. But sometimes minor problems develop into something a lot more serious.
As for January 2017, we could choose from 97,000 healthcare and fitness mobile apps, and this number surely is growing at the pace of customer demand growth. Currently, the mobile health market is worth $26 billion.
The present digital age has made taking care of ourselves easier. From modern technology at hospitals to mobile phone apps. But can the latter save us in case of an emergency?
The most popular health apps are weight loss (50 million), exercise (26.5 million) and women’s health apps (10.5 million). Some apps we can be used even to conduct analysis that will alert the user in case of health deterioration. A night in a hospital can cost even $4.300, while you could avoid those expenses, simply by checking your phone every day. In short, this is a type of a virtual doctor, available at all times. But not only patients are using those. Doctors do as well and they encourage the development of this technology. It’s a win-win situation:
a person controls his health regularly saving up to $4,300 a year and a doctor has more time for his patients.
Apart from those, iPhones and Androids are equipped with an “emergency mode”, that can help you dial helping services or save battery energy. Although, they not always guarantee a successful rescue operation. Imagine a child being a witness to a car accident. The shock can cause him not to remember its exact location. The bystander can be simply ignorant of it: for example while on a highway where it is difficult to give this exact information. In another case, let’s say the location is identified but the victim is in a state where professional medical help is needed immediately. A telephone operator can guide the bystander but he doesn’t have an exact insight into what’s the state of the harmed person, not mentioning that the panic and stress can make the bystander act slower or in irrational ways.
That’s where room for new solutions is made. There is hope in a system called EmergencyEye® that enables not only calling the emergency services from whatever place the accident happened but establishing a video view for the operator, so the help would be more efficient.
EmergencyEye® solution is developed by the start-up company Corevas GmbH & Co. KG and aims to improve communication between bystanders and emergency control centers, by using all the technical functionalities of smartphones, in particular, the transmission of video and GPS data, up to the transmission of vital sensory data. On the next Hackathon in Nürburgring – Nürburg, Germany on Feb 16th-18th it will be presented and hopefully will be available by 2019.
As a Partner in creating this revolutionary project through RAMSES (Remote Access to Medical Information on Smartphones during Emergencies and Health CriseS), Liki will be present on hackathon as a Mentor. We are proud to be one of the partners in developing this technology along with Nofer Institute in Lodz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and others.
This solution will enrich the call system functionalities with geo-location, video and vital sensory functions. It is an initiative of EIT Health, a part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology of the European Union, and RAMSES (Remote Access to Medical Information on Smartphones during Emergencies and Health CriseS) will provide a technological platform for EmergencyEye®.
Catch us on Hackathon in Nürburgring, Germany on Feb 16th-18th where we will be present as a Mentor, networking and meeting all of you hackers, businessmen and guests!
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