POSTED: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 8:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A South Dakota company is hoping to streamline the way first responders treat patients who are hurt and need assistance.
A new app called Notifice is designed to assist any first responder, from paramedics to police officers, even the emergency dispatch, in having the information they need to keep people alive.
When first responders arrive on the scene of an emergency, they need to know several important things about the patient, and, if that patient is unconscious, it makes that part of the job much more difficult.
Software developers have an answer to that problem.
"For a first responder, a cell phone has no value for them when you show up on an emergency, and here you have these cell phones that have more power than the space shuttle that took man to the moon. There has to be a way to leverage that power and to help out the first responders and the people," says Quid Fit CEO Peter Franz.
Franz is hoping to solve that with his new app, Notifice.
As soon as the dialer hangs up after calling 911, the app then sends a text message to all of the emergency contacts listed, stating that they called 911, and pinpointing them on a GPS Google map.
It also displays medical information about the user for first responders to review once they arrive.
Currently all of the information is available only on the patient's phone, but in the future the designers behind Notifice hope to have everything available for the dispatch center.
That way first responders can have all of the information before ever arriving on scene