Thursday, March 30, 2017

Massachusetts General Hospital upgrades "findERnow" smartphone app that allows users to find the closest hospital emergency room

Latest version includes additional data, including information on pediatric emergency care

 BOSTON – The Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) today announced the re-release of EMNet findERnow, a mobile application which allows users to locate the nearest emergency rooms in the event of a health emergency. The enhanced pediatric version of findERnow, available with a $0.99 subscription, helps users easily distinguish which ERs are more likely to be prepared to provide emergency care for children.

“Our data includes information on each of the more than 5,000 emergency rooms in the United States,” says Carlos Camargo, MD, EMNet director and Conn Chair in Emergency Medicine at MGH. “By combining our research-quality data with mobile devices’ GPS technology, we can provide a powerful tool for users experiencing an emergency or for people planning to travel to other parts of the country.”

Available for download on either iPhone or Android devices, findERnow is an essential tool for people traveling with children or relatives with chronic health problems. Easy to use, the app immediately launches a map showing the closest emergency rooms. App users can quickly access the distance and directions to any selected ER as well as general information. App users can also view nearby ERs in a list feature. There, they can see a baby icon next to ER facilities that have one of the following: a verified pediatric trauma center, verified pediatric burn center, a pediatric coordinator, or if the entire emergency department is dedicated to pediatric emergencies.

This new version of findERnow was funded by a grant from R Baby, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of pediatric emergency care.

findERnow is an absolute necessity for pediatric emergency preparedness,” says Phyllis Rabinowitz, co-founder and co-president of R Baby Foundation. “Parents and caregivers can now find peace of mind knowing where to go to find ERs more likely prepared to care for children, right in the palm of their hands. The app also makes it easier for everyone to find the closest ER available.”

About the Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH Research Institute conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the nation, with an annual research budget of more than $800 million and major research centers in HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, reproductive biology, systems biology, photomedicine and transplantation biology. The MGH topped the 2015 Nature Index list of health care organizations publishing in leading scientific journals and earned the prestigious 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. In August 2016 the MGH was once again named to the Honor Roll in the U.S. News & World Report list of "America’s Best Hospitals."

 

 

Mike Morrison, Mass General Public Affairs, mdmorrison@partners.org, 617-726-6425

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