Thursday, October 18, 2012
Pioneering technology: UHS, BU alumni develop EMS app
Working together, UHS and two Binghamton University alumni have developed a new iPhone application that gives first responders and our region's emergency medical services personnel critical medical information when caring for patients in the field. The "SREMS Protocol" app contains the latest EMS advanced life support protocols; contact information, including phone numbers of the region's medical control hospitals; and several calculators and tools used in the treatment of patients with critical and life-threatening conditions. SREMS stands for Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services.
Orthopedic surgery resident Adam Bitterman, DO, and physician's assistant Jeff Midgley met when they attended Binghamton University for their undergraduate education and were emergency medical technicians with BU’s Harpur’s Ferry, a student volunteer ambulance service. They later founded JAMB Innovations, a company devoted to creating new mobile-device applications geared to medical uses.
Dr. Bitterman and Mr. Midgley worked closely with UHS to develop the app, which can be downloaded free of charge to mobile devices in Apple's App Store by EMTs and other emergency medical personnel, said Prakash Ramanathan, special projects director at UHS.
“This partnership between UHS and JAMB Innovations reflects UHS' commitment to the continued success of the emergency medical services community and allows us to provide our fellow emergency medicine colleagues with an innovative tool to perform their jobs well,” Mr. Ramanathan said.
“The app allows personnel to download a wealth of emergency protocols instantly, rather than having to rely on memory or carry around a 100-page printed handbook,” Dr. Bitterman said. “It’s a digitized manual in a format that is very quick and easy to use, especially during emergency situations.”
Mr. Midgley, the app’s designer and coder, noted that the ability to have the most up-to-date protocols right on one’s person at any given time is a remarkable advance. He also noted that UHS and SREMS are the first organizations in New York State to offer this technology. “A key aspect of the app is that you can access protocols that you don’t use every day,” he said. “The answers are always at your fingertips.”
Dr. Bitterman currently is an orthopedic surgical resident at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Mr. Midgley is an emergency room PA at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts.
At JAMB Innovations, they also have created such apps as “uBurn,” the first-ever, total-body-surface calculator tool for use with the iPhone. They say they will continue working on new applications, especially in the healthcare field. “Because we have the emergency medical background, we know what providers need,” Dr. Bitterman said. “So we believe we can create practical products that our healthcare colleagues need and will use every day."
UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.