Tuesday, November 15, 2011

There's an App!


It’s easy to find the nearest restaurant, hotel, coffee shop or bank at the push of a button with today’s technology. But what about the nearest medical care? When it comes to urgent care, time is of the essence—and having the right information is crucial. That’s why renowned Southern Florida physician Dr. Bruce W. Moskowitz, M.D., P.L. developed the Emergency Medical Center Locator (EMCL) iPhone app, a free, public service app that helps you find the specialized emergency medical center closest to you—no matter where you are in the world. Featuring only the most advanced, state-of-the-art emergency care facilities with proven track records of stellar care, the app directs you to the closest medical center in one of six specialty areas, proving accurate, reliable information that can literally make the difference between life and death.

According to data from a comprehensive stroke center, prolonged delay in hospital transfer excluded about 15% of otherwise-qualified stroke patients from intraarterial therapy. Transfer time averaged 104 minutes, with odds of treatment decreased about 2.5% for every minute of transfer time. Similarly, according to Duke Medicine News and Communications, only one in 10 patients who experience a major heart attack are transferred to another hospital to get necessary treatment within the recommended 30 minutes, with delays increasing death rate compared to patients moved in a timely fashion. “The data available confirms what any doctor can tell you: A rapid response is essential in the case of any medical trauma,” explains Dr. Moskowitz. “I developed this app to provide instant access to life-saving information internationally. Whether you’re in your hometown or halfway around the world, you can find the closest quality care at a moment’s notice. By going to the right facility first, you can avoid wasting precious time and increase your chances of recovery significantly.”

When emergency rooms are equidistant, choosing the center with certification or advanced expertise to handle the specific problem is essential. The EMCL app offers recommendations in six specialty areas that tend to require immediate care—Trauma, Stroke, Eye, Pediatric, Cardiac and Burn—directing users to the medical center with the most advanced facilities and best patient outcomes in the given specialty. Instant, accurate, and potentially life-saving, the app is an essential for every iPhone owner. 


Note: Information provided by PR.