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Medical Alert Apps for Iphone and Ipad

by alertinstye on July 20, 2010 in Medical News

Medical Apps for Iphone, Ipad and Android to Supplement ID Bracelets

Traditional medical alert devices come in form of bracelets, necklaces and charms. In recent years they have gone a little bit more high tech with the advent of USB units and other alert systems that store your medical information.

They all have in common that they rely on the fact for another person to be present; relatives, friends, medical personnel, to be effective.

Now there are devices on the market that will take it one step further. Sorta like an Onstar system without the car. There are 2 apps for the iphone and ipad available as well as one planned app for the android phone, that claim to get you help and alert somebody in case one is incapacitated.

Some of these are geared specifically to get help in case of a fall others have different level of sophistication and methods of pointig out critical information.

Fall  Alert App

Company:

Oberon Space

Works With :

iphone, ipod touch ipad

Download: here

How It Works:

beeper, vibrator after 30 second after fall is detected – if no response it will make phone call to pre selected number

Med Alert App

Company:

Vigu360

Works With :

iphone, ipod touch ipad

Download: here

How It Works:

the device takes 3 scenarios into account:

  • your capable of speaking and can dial the pre-set number
  • your are conscious but not able to speak – the phone will display a pre-set message to the people around you
  • scenario 3 – you cannot speak and nobody is around – it let’s you activate a feature to send out a pre determined text message with your GPS data via Google maps in order to get help

Ifall  App

Company:

in development by Florida State University

Download :

not yet available

How It Works:

It relies on the tri-axial accelerometer in Android phones to monitor the phone’s location, position, and movement.

When a possible fall is detected the application communicates first with the user by vibration, flashing LED/screen, and audio alerts. If the user does not respond (as would be expected in the case of a serious fall), communication is attempted with pre-designated contacts. Contacts are sent text message alerts that include the time of the event and GPS coordinates. Contacts can then communicate directly to the phone speaker of the person who fell. When communication by either of these methods fails, or a fall is confirmed, an emergency service is contacted promptly.

When it detects a possible fall it will first vibrate and display flashing LEd lights and finally give an audio alert. If there is no response from the user pre designated users will receive a text message alogn with the gps data. If those contacts are unable to communicate with the user emergency services are notified.

So far the team has plans to release the app late in the summer of 2010. No other details have been given.

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