How can apps save your life?
Top 5 emergency and healthcare apps on iOS & Android
In our everyday life, accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. In these cases swift emergency assistance is invaluable.
The easiest way to get help is via phone calls, but nowadays it is possible through applications to get first-aid and health instructions or contact emergency services with location data by simply using an iPhone or Android phone.
The app developer company, Swiss Tomato collected the top five healthcare apps available on both platforms:
1. iRega (iOs)/ Rega (Android)
Rega is an emergency app launched by Rega Operations Centre to receive fast emergency assistance in Switzerland and abroad. Whenever the Rega Operations Centre receives an emergency call the first thing the flight coordinator asks is the whereabouts of the caller, which in many cases takes really long to figure out. In the event of an emergency iRega/Rega application automatically transmits the user’s current position and personal data to Rega and a telephone connection is set up with the operations centre, which saves precious time. After speaking to the person who raised the alarm, Rega initiates the rescue and sends out a helicopter. The app also contains all useful information on what actions should be taken in the event of a medical emergency.
2. Echo112 (iOs/Android)
Echo112 is a smartphone emergency app -field tested for years by Swiss Emergency services- that sends the user’s location to local emergency services worldwide. In the case of an emergency the app will automatically know which country the person is in and then select and call the correct emergency number. If there is no data connection all information are sent via SMS.
3. First Aid by Swiss Red Cross(iOS/Android)
An easy-to-use, incredibly valuable first-aid app, which provides useful step-by-step instructions to learn first-aid and advice on how to elaborate in the case of an emergency. It contains all the current first-aid guidelines specified by the IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies). Upon entering a new country the app will notify the user of the local emergency contact information and provide key phrases in the local language that may help in an emergency.
4. Medical ID (iOS/Android)
Medical ID is an app that not only provides emergency contact information, but can also inform first responders and medical personnel of important health information such as your medications, medical conditions, and allergies. Health cards will automatically appear on the locked screen when entering hospitals equipped with Emergency ID technologies.
5. Medgate (iOS/Android)
Medgate is like your personal health assistante, it offers you simple access to telemedical advices. Medgate is an integrated out-patient care system in Switzerland, which integrate the Medgate Telemedicine Center, Medgate Health Centers and the Medgate Partner Network. With the application you can order medications or send photos of skin or eye changes to a medical teleconsultation team. Also, the application allows you to make changes to your personal treatment plan and access to the electronic Evita health record.
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