Like dial 108 for medical emergency, the Emergency Medicine Association (EMA) and Academic College of Emergency Experts (ACEE) are working on having a single App that connects to a host of Apps dealing with emergency and healthcare aspects, said EMA Principal Secretary Vimal Krishnan. Speaking at the inauguration of a two-day conference on medical emergency and pre-hospital care at the Town Hall, Dr Krishnan said that technology has brought in a sea of change in reaching out healthcare facilities to people. Now, there are a host of Apps dealing with healthcare. While the Saviour App developed in Mangaluru helps in getting help during medical emergency, there was Aarogya App helping in getting healthcare facilities in New Delhi. There is an App that helps in getting neonatal care facility.
Dr Krishnan said that the EMA and the ACEE are working towards bringing the technocrats behind these Apps together at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. They will work together at AIIMS and propose to the Union government about launching a common App that links all the Apps dealing with healthcare. “We have succeeded in getting the App creators together. We will shortly deliberate on the issue in AIIMS and send the proposal,” Dr Krishnan told The Hindu.
Inaugurating the conference, District Health and Family Welfare Officer Ramakrishna Rao said that it was important to impart knowledge on emergency healthcare to community at large. People outside the hospital should have training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other techniques that can save many a lives. “It is not only important to know what should be done but also know what should not be done during emergencies,” he said. Animesh Jain, head of Department of Community Medicine, K.S. Hedge Medical Academy, Salfi P.K., Consultant and Head of Department of Emergency Medicine, Indiana Hospital, and Meghana Mukund, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Yenepoya Medical College, spoke. Secretary of District Legal Services Authority Mallanagouda participated in the conference. – The Hindu