Life-Saving Mobile Apps

7/8/2010

If there was one device that you absolutely could not live without, what would it be? For most people, the first response would probably be their cell phone. Now more than ever, mobile phones have become a major part of our lives; our map to work, our connection to friends and family, our local news and weather updater, etc. Needless to say, our cell phones serve many different purposes but have you ever wondered if your cell phone may actually be able to save your life?

In certain situations, your cell phone can be a life saver, and on this week’s episode of The Peggy Smedley Show listeners had the opportunity to hear about some of them. Tom Evangelisti, president of wireless health company, VOCEL, www.pillphone.com, joined show host Peggy Smedley to discuss his company’s mobile application for medication compliance, The Pill Phone.

According to Evangelisti, The Pill Phone is a mobile phone platform which is used to alert users in realtime when they are supposed to take their medication. With the application users have the ability to enter their specific medication information into the system via their mobile device or an online dashboard and when it comes time to take the dosage, a special ringtone will play on the phone and an image of the medication will show up on screen.


The user has the option of taking the dosage, skipping it, or putting it off temporarily. If someone decides they don’t want to take their medication when prompted to do so, the application will automatically send an email or text message to the caregiver informing them the medication has not been taken.

In addition to helping users remember when to take their medication, The Pill Phone also provides access to The Pill Book, a reference guide containing vital information on more than 1,800 drugs which are commonly prescribed in the United States.

Another potential live-saving mobile app discussed on the show was My911. John Knab, chairman, My911, www.my-911.com, discussed how the application can automatically detect when the phone has been involved in an accident. According to Knab, users can set the application on their smartphone to a specific environment (i.e. in a vehicle) and then using the phone’s accelerometer and My911’s algorithms, the phone will automatically detect and measure the g-force of any impact.

If the impact of the incident reaches a specific g-force, the phone can automatically send an alert (which includes location and speed being traveled during incident) to My911 Emergency Service, which can dispatch the appropriate medical personnel to the scene. Knab says one of the major advantages to My911 is that it takes technology which is typically tethered to a vehicle and enables users to bring it with them anywhere they go, right on their smartphone.

To hear the entire broadcast or to access archives of previous shows, visit www.peggysmedleyshow.com. The Peggy Smedley Show broadcasts live every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. PST/12:00 p.m. CST/1:00 p.m. EST on wsRadio.com or check out The Peggy Smedley Show on iTunes.

 

 





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