New phone app gives first responders quick access to medical info

A new life-saving smart phone application is on the market, for free.

The app is called ICE Michiana and will be used to store personal medical information such as Emergency contact numbers, prescriptions, and more so first responders can easily obtain information in the case of an emergency.

The app was designed by a team of local professionals and is bringing the community together as one “network of safety”.

St. Joseph Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and surrounding area EMS units are all combining forces to train their teams on how to retrieve data from cell phones and then push that information to local hospitals before emergency vehicles get there.

The idea is to save time spent looking for important documents and medical information, since it will all be in one place and easily sent to an area hospital.

"I think it's very difficult at times. Without having it in a central location for us to find, it does take quite a few minutes to find valuable information, said John McMillen, Chair of the St. Joe EMS committee. ”I think the new ICE app and both the vile and in the smart phone will definitely benefit the quality of care that we are able to give to the community, just by having that information in our hands a lot quicker."

The app is already available for download and more information on which hospitals are participating can be found at theiceapp.com.


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