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Smart Phone Medical Emergency Icon Now

Arthur Hanson

Active member
The smart phone is the ultimate tool and it's way past time that a medical emergency icon be incorporated into the base operating system. It should be set up as a two stage tab (a large red cross at first and then a green secondary one is but one way) so there are no accidental false alarms. Utilizing the phones microphone, camera, speakers and display screen combined with AI this will be an invaluable tool in saving lives and minimizing injuries until medical help is available. As a data base is built over time this tool will become ever more powerful and versatile in a whole range of medical emergencies. A sophisticated chat bot could handle the basics and escalate to a live person, but over time the chat bot could handle more and more of the load. This will be a major step in making the smart phone a very serious medical tool for everyone from a novice to a top medical professional dealing with a condition or injury they haven't seen before. For people with medical conditions that use wearables, these devices could even further extend the uses of these applications. In the near future all medical kits will contain devices that can greatly enhance the smart phone to deal with emergencies and medical conditions. This is a major opportunity for the semi/mems/nanotech industry to not only deal with emergencies, but every day conditions. The use of a smart phone in this manner could not only save lives, but improve them and lower the cost of medical. This is call to action for the industry that is way past due. Schools should even incorporate the use of these technologies into there basic curriculum which should be part of every health class. It is time for a medical revolution and this is but the briefest introduction to where we should be going. In many cases this application might be the only medical help available, especially in mass disasters involving thousands or where no medical help is available.

Comments, thoughts and additions, welcome and solicited
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Daniel Payne


There's an entire industry already formed around "medical alerts", here are the top 10 devices,

Many seniors are phone-phobic, so getting them to actually use a smart phone is a barrier,

In the cycling industry the vendor Garmin has a smart bike computer that can detect a crash, based on g-force sensors, then it gives you 30 seconds to stop an emergency text message sent to up to two numbers, embedding the exact GPS coordinates of where you are on the road. If the crash isn't so bad, then you simply stop the alert from being sent out.

Tele-medicine is growing greatly, two years ago I crashed into a car door as the passenger opening the door failed to look behind first, and at the urgent care clinic they did a digital x-ray, sent the results to a doctor in a different physical location, who then pronounced, "put a splint on it, no surgery required for the broken finger".

The medical field is actually a laggard at adopting new approaches, especially because if they save time, then they make less money, so it is in their financial interest to be slow, old-fashioned, and run up the bills. My favorite up-start in urgent care is ZOOMcare, started by local doctors in Portland, who created a paperless office, where all appointments and communication is online, saving everyone time and money.

Arthur Hanson

Active member
Dan, I'm familiar with the alert systems, but this is geared to someone helping themselves or helping someone else. On a job I had a flash surface electrical burn of a workers hands and was fortunate enough to have read an article on immediate treatment of burns and had the persons hands in ice up to their wrists within three minutes which to both of our amazement greatly mitigated the damage and the person was able to work the next day. This would give the very first person to take the proper and most effective steps in the critical first few seconds or minutes and this is just the very beginning. An ounce of prevention or immediate action in many instances is critical, especially in the first seconds or minutes.