Prehospital emergency care serves as the frontline defense for any public health system.
In cases of severe cholera, patients can die in as little as four hours. Without reliable access to basic care and transport, the majority of preventable cholera deaths will occur before patients arrive at the hospital.
The West African Ebola outbreak was a prime example of what happens when local communities have no centralized way to report suspected outbreak cases, leaving contagious patients to go untracked until they reach the hospital, infecting untold others along the way.
Beacon’s continuous collection and monitoring of motor vehicle collision gives epidemiologists and policy makers greater access to data, enabling them to identify and mitigate traffic “hot spots” with greater certainty.
Prehospital reporting lets public health officials identify disease outbreaks earlier. In the wealthiest countries, communities can easily call a universal number like 911 to report acute disease symptoms, spurring the healthcare system into action: Patients with critical conditions are located and transported to a proper facility for diagnosis and treatment, while public health officials investigate the source of the infection to determine the need for further interventions. However, in communities without adequate prehospital care, this kind of disease monitoring and detection is limited.
Fortunately, Beacon’s text message-based reporting can decrease the time needed to detect and identify outbreaks, starting at the point of contact. Beacon both increases the chances of a patient encounter with the the healthcare system while also gathering critical information about disease patterns as soon as they are reported.
A patient with a potentially life-threatening condition is identified in the community and the local emergency access number is contacted
A dispatcher takes the caller’s information and sends it out through Beacon as a text message to all available and appropriate responders in the community.
Beacon selects the nearest and most appropriate responders among those who reply, according to pre-determined selection criteria set by the dispatcher.
The patient’s location is relayed to confirmed responders; upon arrival on-scene, responders assess and triage the patient(s), determine the need for additional resources, and prepare for transport.
When the appropriate destination has been selected, advanced notification is sent to the receiving facility, indicating transport status and arrival updates.
Continuous epidemiological and logistical tracks the patient case from initial alert to hospital arrival, providing a wealth of data to decision-makes previously unavailable.
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