In a medical emergency, the 911 operator may not be able to offer the optimal guidance for laymen to help a struggling person, while an ambulance can take quite some time to arrive. Call9, a new startup, aims to connect people in dire need of critical information with on-call emergency physicians. The app is designed for use by nurses and caretakers at schools, nursing homes, and other facilities. In reality, the service is much more than an app, and comes with a medical kit that a facility keeps on hand that may include ECG, ultrasound, and typical emergency supplies.
Essentially, in an emergency, the user starts the app and initiates a call to a physician by simply pressing a button. The app works similar to a video Skype call but allows the physician on the other end to see what the blood pressure cuff or ECG readout are showing. From there, the physician can guide the staff on what actions to take and how to be ready when paramedics finally arrive.
(hat tip: TechCrunch)