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Portable First Aid Center Guides Emergency Home Care

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 07 Jul 2016
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Image: The GALE Smart Portable Health Center (Photo courtesy of 19labs).
Image: The GALE Smart Portable Health Center (Photo courtesy of 19labs).
A connected first aid kits provide users with interactive guides and a direct connection to emergency services, medical professionals, and loved ones.

The GALE Smart Portable Health Center contains a number of compartments to organize supplies, including bandages, sterile pads, moist burn pads, and ice packs, and a touch screen display (on the inside cover) that is used to access and display an interactive guide that provides instructions on how to perform different first aid procedures, including treating cuts, burns, concussions, fractures, and other common first aid situations. An infrared thermometer, pulse oximeter, and vital monitoring patches are stored in a separate compartment where they charged, ready for use as a connected medical device.

Other features include online consultation with medical professionals over video call; a SmartCall button for establishing immediate contact with family members, medical professionals, and caregivers; and instant mail order refills to replenish supplies or ordering new supplies with a single click. Connectivity is carried over the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) cellular network, which means the kit can function anywhere with network coverage. A built-in handle is used to transport the device, which folds into the container once set down on a table.

“There are amazing transformative technologies being developed for sensing, servicing, and improving health. But from an everyday consumer perspective, there remains a fundamental need for a simple, trusted experience that brings together those innovations and capabilities traditionally found at a physical clinic,” said Ram Fish, founder and CEO of 19Labs. “Smart portable health centers are the future of remote health care, combining the best supplies, medical know-how and technologies into a unified experience.”

“You can’t always predict when or why you are going to need a first aid kit, but having one on hand brings you some peace of mind,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president of Internet of Things (IoT) at AT&T. “GALE brings the first aid kit into the 21st century. Technology not only provides the supplies to treat injuries, it also lets you access medical know-how and emergency services in the moment.”

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