Trek Medics is dedicated to reducing preventable death and disability by improving access to emergency care for at-risk and vulnerable populations through innovative mobile phone technologies.
We do this primarily through our Beacon Emergency Dispatch Platform.
Beacon Emergency Dispatch Platform
Design, test, launch, and scale your own emergency dispatching system on Beacon Dispatcher
First, dispatchers should register responders’ phone numbers in their Beacon web account so they can begin sending alerts by SMS.
Then, responders using smartphones can pair their devices through the Beacon mobile app.
With programs in Hartford, Connecticut and rural Puerto Rico actively responding to opioid overdoses, and with more to launch this summer, Trek Medics is working with communities in different parts of the US to rethink how fatal opioid overdoses can be drastically reduced.
Trek Medics hadn’t ever planned on participating in supply delivery, but with Covid-19 all around us, it was clearly an “all-hands-on-deck” situation — fortunately, our Beacon dispatching platform quickly proved to be useful for delivering more than just emergency medical care to at-risk and vulnerable populations.
Since we first launched Beacon, the Dominican Republic has been an ideal partner with scores of trained and willing volunteers in communities across the country responding to emergencies on some of the world’s most dangerous roads.
Led by the indefatigable Dr. Marko Hingi, the Tanzania Rural Health Movement and Tanzania Fire & Rescue Force have been using Beacon in Mwanza and Iringa to pioneer community-based emergency medical systems comprised of moto-taxi drivers, firefighters and community health workers, bringing together a diverse group of responders and coordinating their operations.
In partnership with the University of Florida, the MotoMeds Healthline program uses Beacon to improve access to nighttime healthcare and prevent acute childhood illnesses from converting to emergencies.
Initially launched after Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017, Beacon’s being used to support community responders with members of the Servicio Voluntario de Emergencia y Rescate de Isabela and other community-based groups across the island.
Funded through a World Bank loan, Trek Medics worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Malawian Roads Authority and Malawian Communications Regulatory Authority to launch the country’s first national emergency call center and EMS system.