Updated 10/19/2012 06:00 PM
BU alumni and UHS develop app for first responders
There are lots of protocols and information that emergency services personnel have to remember when they go on a call. Now, a new iPhone app developed by two BU alumni and UHS aims to make pre-hospital care easier for those first responders. Our Melissa Kakareka tells us more.
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JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -- Amber Depue-Parvin is a paramedic with Broome Ambulance. She recently downloaded a new app on her iPhone to help her while she's in the field.
"It is pretty handy because we use our iPhones for everything and this makes it readily available. It’s hard to lose because nobody wants to lose their phone," said paramedic Amber Depue-Parvin.
It's called the "SREM-S Protocol" app. It was developed by UHS and Jamb Innovations.
Jamb Innovations is a company created by two Binghamton University alumni named Adam Bitterman and Jeff Midgley. Both were emergency medical technicians with BU's student volunteer ambulance service and have gone on to work in the medical field outside of the Southern Tier.
"This was a joint idea we mutually agreed upon, that we came up with that really took advantage of the medical expertise that we all brought together to the table," said UHS Special Projects Director Prakash Ramanathan.
"The really nice thing about this project is that we're able to give back to our roots where Adam and I started practicing medicine," said Jamb Innovations Co-Founder Jeff Midgley.
The app digitizes the latest regional EMS protocols and also contains quick contact information for hospitals, as well as other tools for first responders.
“This allows them to quickly reference those protocols that they don't commonly use at a moment's notice," said Ramanathan.
Helping paramedics like Depue-Parvin do her job in an even better way.
"We don't have to call a doctor to ask something we can't remember. We can treat patients more appropriately and rapidly," said Depue-Parvin.
And making sure that patients in the Southern Tier get the best care possible in emergency situations.
The app can be downloaded free of charge to mobile devices in Apple's App store.