BOSTON—Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet) today announced the launch of EDMaps.org, a national emergency room locator which provides the most accurate and up-to-date information on emergency departments in the United States. Presented in a user-friendly map format powered by Google Maps, the website allows visitors to quickly find nearly 5,000 emergency rooms for which it maintains a central repository of accurate information.
EDmaps.org is an ideal travel tool for people who suffer from chronic medical conditions. “EDMaps.org was designed with the public in mind,” says Carlos A. Camargo, MD, of MGH’s Department of Emergency Medicine and EMNet director. “Traveling with companions who suffer from chronic disease can be extremely challenging, but we hope this new tool will help ease anxiety by helping people to plan ahead in case someone experiences a health emergency while traveling.”
For individuals living with health issues like food allergy or heart conditions, the difference between life and death often can be a matter of minutes, and finding emergency care as quickly as possible is crucial.
Along with launching EDMaps.org, EMNet researchers released version 3.0 of its popular EMNet findER™, a free smartphone app that directs users to the closest ER in the event of a health emergency. Originally released for the iPhone, EMNet findER is also available for Android phones. Version 3.0 allows users to search for emergency rooms anywhere in the U.S. (for example, by city, state, or ZIP code). Since its release in June 2010, findER™ has been downloaded by thousands of users.
“Our team works long hours to maintain the integrity of these data,” says Camargo. “It’s gratifying to know that our efforts can help people by creating web and mobile-based tools that have the potential to save lives.”
Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $750 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, reproductive biology, systems biology, transplantation biology and photomedicine. In July 2012, MGH moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Hospitals."