New Smartphone App to Improve Communication between First Responders and Emergency Rooms

Created on Monday, 16 March 2015

A new smartphone app is currently being developed at the University of Iowa that could bring emergency services and professionals in emergency rooms closer. The app, named TraumaHawk, aims to help bring the crash scene into the emergency room through a set of specific pictures that would be taken by emergency services when they arrive at the scene. The images would then be directly sent to the emergency room in the hospital.

Now, when emergency services get to the scene, there are numerous aspects of the scene that need to be reported back to the emergency room to ensure that professionals there are ready for the arrival of the patient. This includes description of the crash itself, as well as the body language, blood pressure, and heart rate of the victims. This kind of communication can be vague and often misinterpreted.

By providing images, the TraumaHawk app would give doctors better knowledge of the scene and allow them to prepare more effectively and efficiently for the arriving patient. It would also cut down the time spent communicating between emergency services and professionals in the emergency room.

At the moment, the app is still being tested internally at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

More information is available here.