The golden hour sounds like a simple term but in actuality is a complex issue for the Medical minds. It refers to that one hour of emergency when a person is dying but can be saved. It's that critical straw which if clutched properly can save a human life.
I have been following up on quite of health-related innovations, from millets to the super oil so was interested to know more about an innovation to address this very important issue. That it comes from Aster Health, a very old Kerala-based healthcare provider made it more interesting to follow.
Unveiling a novel and unique concept, The “Aster Emergency App” was launched on May 25, 2017 at Hotel ITC Maurya, New Delhi by Padma Shree Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman & Managing Director of Aster MD Healthcare. Envisioning a leap in Emergency Care by combining health and technology, 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 arrives 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.
Aster Emergency App 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 center. 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,
President of India Shri.Pranab Mukherjee with PadmaShree Dr.Azad Moopen
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.
Prior to the App’s launch on May 25, 2017, a delegation led by Dr Moopen and accompanied by Ministers and MPs, briefed the Honourable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee regarding the App. The President appreciated the initiative and gave his blessings.
Dr. Moopen said, “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 in taking this up.”
At the media briefing, a live demo of the real-time scenario was also showcased to show the workings of the App
About Aster DM Healthcare:-
Aster DM Healthcare, established in 1987, is one of the leading Healthcare service providers in the GCC and India with chain of 20 hospitals, 85 clinics and 200 pharmacies in India and the Middle East. Aster employs about 20,000 people, which includes 2000 doctors and 6000 nurses and has been actively involved in CSR activities.
Its quite heartning to note that big organizations are taking the initiative to bring in much wanted reforms to medical sector.