Killers Apps are Saving Lives – by Jayne Duff

Posted on April 1, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Just when we thought the iPhone couldn’t get any better, many will be amazed to discover a new series of applications that quite literally have the capability to save lives.

To some, the iPhone may be just another pointless and overrated piece of technology, however to the Haiti earthquake survivor Dan Woolley, the iPhone is the reason he is alive today.

After being caught under the rubble of the horrific earthquake, Woolley used the medical application Pocket First Aid and CPR to diagnose and treat injuries to his foot and head, by following step-by-step instructions to prevent himself from going into shock.

Woolley said his phone “was like a high-tech version of a Swiss Army Knife that enabled [him] to treat [his] own injuries, track time, stay awake and stay alive.”

The following link shows CNN’s coverage of Dan Woolley’s story of survival:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/24/haiti.survivor.phone.app/index.html?eref=rss_latest&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_latest+%28RSS%3A+Most+Recent%29&utm_content=Google+International

However, the revolutionary life-saving applications go further than instructing basic first aid. Applications such as Panic Control can assist in the symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders.

Danielle Selby, a 19-year-old girl diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, claims the step-by-step application would be quite helpful during a state of anxiety. By offering guidance, comfort, and lifestyle tips, the program can help lessen the symptoms of a panic attack.

“Overall, I think it would be a great application to use in the event of a panic attack,” she says. “Personally it would help to relax me and convince me everything will be okay.”

Click the follow link to view the ‘Panic Control’ App Demonstration or Interview Transcript with Danielle Selby. Select to ‘save’ the files first before viewing them.

General Practioner Dr. Richard Duff praises Apple’s useful applications such as ‘MedCalc’, complimenting its practicality and convenience in a medical sense.

“The program consists of a number of medical formulas and calculations,” he explains. “Most of the formulas are quite useful.”

Click the following link to view the Interview Transcript with Dr. Richard Duff.

Boasting a range of formulas from anesthesiology to pediatrics, the MedCalc application is, in reality, the new trend within hospitals around the world.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/profiles/mt-sinai/?sr=hotnews.rss

The hype surrounding Apple’s iPhone and its expansive range of life-saving applications seems to be ultimately justifiable.

It seems that as long as Apple thrives within the telecommunications market, the iPhone applications will continue to contribute to the health, wellbeing and even survival of many users.

Words by Jayne Duff

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