Written by Becca Hume, TapSOS
Since wining the 2018 Digital Health Award we have reached exciting milestones.
When we were invited to join the awards ceremony in summer 2018 we had a solid concept and working prototype that was undertaking focus group testing for user feedback, but we had not yet launched to the public.
TapSOS is a digital solution for non-verbal emergency reporting, connecting the UK public to all four 999 services; Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue and Coastguard.
In March 2019 we received full accreditation from BAPCO (British Association of Public Communications Officials); meaning TapSOS had approval from Home Office and the 999-liasion committee for full integration with the UK’s Emergency infrastructure. After 4 years, since initial idea, we had finally pushed it across the line! With the massive help from a Family and Friends investment round, the product went live on the app stores the same month, and had hundreds of downloads in the first few months.
As awareness of the product grew, the support also increased. We are thankful to the Stroke Association for their particular engagement and encouragement.
The app is currently available across the UK and our next steps are for full integration in the Republic of Ireland. Preparations are under way for a new release, which will include new and improved features with enhanced accessibility.
We believe our technology can provide a data driven, efficient service that will not only improve a users experience, but also help relieve pressures and demands on the Emergency Services and NHS.
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