Powerful smartphone and tablet apps are changing the way healthcare organizations are responding to natural disasters and other threats that can dramatically affect public welfare. For instance, using apps to improve hospital inventory management gives doctors and nurses the ability to ensure they have the necessary resources in the event of a crisis, while emergency medical technicians can also leverage mobile devices to improve the quality of care delivered to those who are injured or otherwise affected by a disaster.
Apps make EMTs more productive
Emergency response teams that have the resources to provide the highest quality of care to patients are the most prepared for natural disasters. Here are a few apps featured in a blog post for Mission Mode that emergency medical technicians can use to better serve the public when a crisis ensues:
- NIMS ICS Guide: First responders have to be ready for anything. This is why more than 150,000 public safety and health professionals use the NIMS ICS Guide, which provides customizable contact lists that can be highly personalized, emergency checklists and learning materials for training and in-field action.
- Outbreaks Near Me: When diseases are popping up throughout the U.S., people need to know. With HealthMap's Outbreaks Near Me app, EMTs and consumers can stay abreast of the latest reports in real time. Having the most up-to-the-minute information ensures healthcare facilities are ready to fight back against the latest dangerous illnesses spreading throughout the country.
- WISER: A crisis can occur in a matter of minutes if the public is exposed to a hazardous substance. By using the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders app, professionals in the industry can seek help to identify, remove and dispose of harmful - and potentially dangerous - matter.
Mobile devices are the new reference books
Emergency responders used to look up procedures in reference books when a natural disaster occurs to make sure they are taking the necessary steps to improve public health. However, now smartphones and tablets are taking over for reference books to give EMTs quicker access to the information they need. With mobile devices, EMTs are able to get their hands on information faster than ever, dramatically improving response times to natural disasters and other incidents.
"Generally, it's quicker and generally speaking, you're going to be able to gain more information from your smartphone," said a paramedic at Arrow Ambulance.