BEACON is an open-source text message-based emergency medical dispatching platform designed by Trek Medics International, and developed specifically for communities where consistent ambulance response is not available. By relaying text messages from the scene of an emergency to trained responders throughout the community, Beacon enables the nearest available emergency care providers to quickly locate, treat, and transport emergency victims to local hospitals.
A Need For Urgent Innovation
Right now there are 4-5 billion mobile phone subscribers in the developing world who have no way to call for help in the event of an emergency using a number like 9-1-1. Yet, according to the World Bank, “Nowhere is the demand for efficient communication and rapid transportation more critical than in emergency medical care.”[i]
About The Software
Developed in partnership with Vision Point Systems (Blacksburg, VA), Beacon mimics dispatching technologies used in developed countries, yet utilizes an emphasis on over-the-top implementation to offer a cost-effective solution that’s both scalable and sustainable for resource-limited health systems.
[i] Kobusingye O, Hyder A, Bishai D, et al. “Emergency Medical Services.” In: Jamison D, ed. Disease Control Priorities Project. 2011 Chap. 68, p.1261–1279.
[*This message and information is also relayed to the receiving hospital]
A summary of the response times is sent upon completion of the incident.