Offers Emergency App to network volunteers to come handy in medical emergencies
New Delhi/Calicut: A humanitarian par excellence himself, Dr. Azad Moopen, the benign NRI health honcho, always felt that there were countless Good Samaritans in the society raring to come to extend help in times of medical emergencies but they do not know how to help and whom to help.
Hence, Aster Emergency App, a platform to train and network volunteers in the nuances of dealing with medical emergencies and directing them to where help were urgently needed.
Through this App, his healthcare behemoth, Aster DM Healthcare, intends to serve the sick and save the lives in medical emergencies by capturing that valuable golden hour when life can be rescued from the jaws of death. Before ambulance reaches the spot, valuable basic life support can go a long way to save lives.
Talking to Medicare News, Dr. Moopen said, ‘Aster DM healthcare has created its own trained volunteers but there is no scarcity of such people in the society who want selflessly to serve sick and save lives in emergencies. I believe there is at least one Good Samaritan in the vicinity of every emergency. Only he or she is not aware that there is someone near who is gasping for help. My App can aggregate all those who are willing to sweat a bit for such needy people. Such initiative is need of the hour and can come handy in saving numerous lives by offering real time help. You have weekends, some idle time and want to use it in offering help to sick; this App is the thing for you.’
After briefing President Pranab Mukherji about the said App, Dr. Moopen launched it in ITC Maurya on 25 May. Dr. Moopen further said, ‘The App is not sole preserve of Aster DM Healthcare. All Individuals, NGOs or other health providers can be part of this App. It is my way of giving back to our nation what I owe to it. Medical ‘volunteer ship’ is the need of the hour and a prevalent culture throughout the world but in India it is not popular. Aster App is an instrument to inculcate this culture here. ‘Volunteer ship’ is a huge requirement. Technology is the only way we can make healthcare reach masses.’
Dr. Moopen continued saying, ‘It shall help revolutionize emergency care, saving thousands of lives with immediate availability of emergency responders during the Golden Hour, through leveraging technology and training. As part of ‘Aster Volunteers’ programme, Aster DM Healthcare has initiated 3,00,000 new BLS (basic life support) training for Volunteers over the next 3 years across India & GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries for widening its current pool of 2,00,000 BLS Trained people.’
‘This is a new approach using technology to handle healthcare. Every single day there are innumerable emergency calls/situations that arise in India. It might take an ambulance more than half an hour to reach the patient which is a critical period. With this App, it is possible to provide Basic Life Support guidance during the Golden Hour immediately. My wish is that this App should be functional successfully in the entire country. We look forward to launching this App across India in association with interested healthcare organizations, NGOs and Government Agencies. This is a neutral, not for profit initiative to save lives and we are ready to share the technology and support anyone interested to take this up’ said Dr. Moopen.
The ‘Aster Emergency App’ provides a real-time interface between the patient in emergency and a GPS-enabled Aster ‘Responder’. This brings help to reach even before the Ambulance arrive providing “Basic Life Support” (BLS). The first hour after an incident is called the Golden Hour which is the most critical time when intervention will give best results.
It is a user-friendly application that navigates you to get access to Basic Life Support help, in case of a medical emergency. The App is the link between the patient, the responder, the ambulance and ultimately the hospital. At the press of an icon, the trained certified responder, who can deal with emergencies at the ground level, can be accessed by support of the backend control centre. The app is also equipped with information on handling some medical emergencies, emergency numbers and other useful tips. Features of the App include – User Registration, Incident Reporting and Request an Ambulance,
The App also includes a View & Track for real-time status of the incidents by all stake holders. Seamless Google maps integration to reach task location. The Aster Emergency App is rolled out in a phased manner starting from today at Calicut in Kerala post the Nation-wide launch at New Delhi.
A live demonstration of the real-time scenario was showcased at ITC Maurya Hotel on 25th May during media brief.The launch of the App is part of the Giving Back initiative during the 30th anniversary of Aster DM Healthcare in 2017.