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A Smart Phone App for Stroke Victims

Dan Grech

June 4, 2014

Losing a family member to a stroke put this medical emergency close to my heart. My nan became incapacitated, and due to human-error when someone tried to check on her, she spent over 12 long hours in an arm-chair whilst she should have been receiving medical attention. The permanent neurological damage was too severe and she died three days later.

We will never know how different the outcome could have been if emergency services were contacted sooner.

Strokes are hereditary which means my family and I are more at risk of experiencing this in our lifetime.

There are a huge range of personal alarm systems available, but if you hadn’t experienced any warning signs in the past, you’d probably find it difficult to justify the huge cost.

Even seemingly healthy people could face being incapacitated when most in-need.

Personal alarms and panic buttons cost $1000s over time.

Please help me in making them to accessible to anybody with a smartphone.

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    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Awesome. Just yesterday, my friend's mom had a stroke and I thought about how your app could have gotten her to the hospital faster. She had called my friend who had to call an ambulance- but my friend was in another state so she didn't know which hospital to call or how to get access to 911. Are you making this a global service? I wonder how you could get hospitals across the world to plug in.

      • Dan Grech

        I hope she's OK Alessandra!

        Yes it will be a global service. The app would not connect with hospitals for the first stage - it would send an alert to a number of carers or next-of-kins which could be friends or family members to act as a support unit to get the person who needs help to hospital. This could be as simple as calling emergency services on their behalf.

        • Alessandra Rizzotti

          Forgot to mention that yes, she is ok- although paralyzed on one side, she is drawing with her left hand. I was thinking it would help her to know exercises she can do to regain mobility. Perhaps your app could include that as well?

        • Alessandra Rizzotti

          Love that. Really great. I wonder if there's a way to program emergency services by location into the app?