Technology continues to change how we deliver healthcare in the U.S. Technology is driving innovation and both patients, and providers will continue to experience the impact. From MRIs, the digital pill, new research, and EHRs, to remote patient monitoring that allow us to track patients from the comfort of their living rooms, the future of healthcare is technology – and vice versa.
Technology has brought healthcare to where we live; consumers can dial-up medical information or speak with a clinical provider by using their personal digital device. Into this crowded mix of healthcare technology advancement has come a new company that’s trying to democratize emergency medicine in an Uber-like model that will bring the closest medical professional to you, no matter where you’ve fallen.
Who is Ember Medicine?
Having a heart attack? Ember Medicine wants you to know there’s an app for that. The Ember Medicine phone app uses geolocation software to find the person having the emergency. Then it searches its network of nurses, physicians and EMTs to find the closest provider to the person experiencing the cardiac arrest or other emergency. The app directs the clinical professional to the person in crisis. The goal is for the clinical professional to stabilize the person until a squad arrives.
This is truly on-demand medicine, working with the push of a button on your cell phone. It also works through voice command and simultaneously alerts 911 as well as the closest medical professional near you.
To make this exciting concept even better, the Ember Medicine website suggests, eventually, users wearing smart devices that sync to heart rate or other vital functions will use the Ember app to notify first responders. “Users with smart wearables require no outside activation (coming soon) – the Ember app syncs with smart wearable sensors and immediately activates the Ember network upon sensing falling heart rates,” according to their website.
For clinical providers who sign up, it really works just like Uber; you are paid for every triage and clinical encounter. Clinicians can shut off the app when they don’t want to be on call.
The goal behind the app is to improve the first responder success rate by increasing time of response. The average ambulance response time is eight to 14 minutes. For many emergencies such as drug overdose, heart attack or stroke, an immediate response can save lives. But is this Uber-like app the way to go? How will it change healthcare delivery? Is this new form of concierge medicine ever really going to take off?
Ember Medicine takes freelancing and the gig economy to a completely new level, however the app is only in beta testing today so the full impact can only be predicted. In the meantime, if you’re searching for a new role in the nursing, home health, or home infusion fields, please take a moment and search our open jobs. National Recruiters is standing by to put you to work. Contact us today to start the conversation.