Med­i­cal aid ASAP now avail­able as app

Emer­gency re­spon­ders can send im­ages from the field to the ER.

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Jen­nifer Rios

broom­field » Min­utes count be­tween when am­bu­lance sirens sound and pa­tients are wheeled into emer­gency rooms— amax­imB­room­field res­i­den­tMike Kob­neck saw­first­hand.

Kob­neck­was a para­medic for more than 10 years be­fore he start­edNovumCon­cepts and cre­ated the Bio­phone app with­Kevin Scardina, a fel­low para­medic and soft­ware de­vel­oper.

The smart­phone app is used by first re­spon­ders to send im­ages and video from the field to the emer­gency room.

The two worked nights and week­ends for about 10 months to de­velop the app, which has been live at Good Sa­mar­i­tan Med­i­cal Cen­ter since Au­gust.

Since then, it has trans­ferred in­for­ma­tion for­more than 340 pa­tients — a task that can be done on site, at the scene of a crash or in some­one’s liv­ing room, or by us­ing a hotspot in­side the am­bu­lance.

Kob­neck of­fers train­ing to de­part­ments, but paramedics in Lafayette sim­ply down­loaded the app and be­gan us­ing it.

An icon on the app’s main page brings up a com­ment sec­tion so fire­fight­ers can sub­mit ques­tions fromtheir phones.

The six-step process takes sec­onds to com­plete — paramedics snap a photo of a pa­tient’s driv­ers li­cense; se­lect a med­i­cal com­plaint and a sever­ity level; pick amed­i­cal fa­cil­ity and an es­ti­mated time of ar­rival; and then hit the send/ call but­ton.

Pho­tos are saved to the app — which is com­pli­ant with the Health In­sur­ance Porta­bil­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Act, or HI­PAA — and not on phones, Kob­neck said.

Bio­phone is free for paramedics, who can down­load it on depart­ment-owned or per­sonal phones. The app is avail­able for iOS, An­droid and iPad.

So far, medics with Moun­tain View Fire Res­cue, Louisville Fire Depart­ment, Lafayette and Rocky Moun­tain Fire have down­loaded the app.

Hospi­tals that use the app pay amonthly sub­scrip­tion fee and re­ceive the in­com­ing in­for­ma­tion on an iPad.

The quicker a pa­tient is reg­is­tered with the hos­pi­tal, the faster di­ag­nos­tic tools, such as CAT scans, lab tests or X-rays, can be or­dered, Kob­neck said.

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