About Beacon Emergency Dispatch
BEACON is an open-source, text message-based emergency medical dispatching platform designed by Trek Medics International specifically for communities where consistent ambulance response is not available. By relaying requests for assistance from the scene of an emergency to trained responders throughout the community via text message, Beacon enables the nearest available emergency care providers to quickly locate, treat, and transport emergency victims to local hospitals.
AN URGENT NEED FOR INNOVATION Right now there are 4-5 billion mobile phone subscribers across the globe who have no way to call for help in the event of an emergency using a simple 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 PLATFORM Developed in partnership with Vision Point Systems (Blacksburg, VA), Beacon mimics the conventional emergency dispatch technologies used by the most advanced emergency systems, but relies on personal devices to offer a cost-effective solution that’s both scalable and sustainable. [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.
Active Use Cases
Whether dispatching for a motor vehicle collision or an expectant mother in labor, in a possible cholera outbreak or to manage the day’s routine referrals, a good dispatching system takes the guesswork out of emergency communications. Beacon achieves this by automating the coordination of emergency resources, making sure the right help is delivered by the right people in the quickest and most effective way possible, every single time.
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