Finalist category: BT Ingenious Award
GoodSAM (Smartphone Activated Medic) is a London-based social enterprise, who have created a smartphone alerter and responder app, dispatch system and extensive network of trained doctors, nurses, paramedics and other first aiders who respond to nearby life-threatening emergencies before an ambulance arrival.
The public alerter app alerts the nearest three responders and simultaneously calls the emergency services, no matter which country you’re in. The system has also created the world’s largest defbillator registry, with a listing of over 12,000.
Expanding rapidly, the app launched in June 2014, and is now used across the UK by 4,000 responders, and in Australia, Ireland and South Africa. Partnering with organisations like SaveLIFE foundation in India, GoodSAM acts as a surrogate ambulance dispatch system in resource poor regions where ambulance services just don’t exist.
Their plans for the future include greater public awareness, both nationally and internationally, integrate with ambulance services across the country, and to develop new features that enhance on-scene diagnosis and response times.
Visit the GoodSAM website to find out more about their work.