Humetrix Launches SOS QR Emergency App at CES Unveiled Paris
App Automates Call for Help and Access of Key Health and Safety Information in an Emergency
Paris, October 22, 2014 - Now anyone can use their smartphone to be prepared and stay safe during an emergency. Humetrix, a leading provider of consumer healthcare apps, today introduced SOS QR, an emergency app, available for iOS and Android devices, at CES Unveiled in Paris. SOS QR makes it easy to alert emergency contacts of your location and need for help with the touch of a button. And when you can’t call for help yourself, SOS QR makes it easy for EMTs, ER doctors, or even good Samaritans to immediately access your health information and send an automatic alert to your emergency contacts. SOS QR is available now for download on Google Play and will be available on the Apple App Store in November. Humetrix has produced a video that shows how SOS QR works, inspired by the work of French comedian Rémi Gaillard.
SOS QR allows anyone to easily create an emergency record on their smartphone and generate a QR code that can be saved on the lock screen or printed on stickers or wallet cards. Users can also access an “SOS button" on their home screen, so they can let their emergency contacts know where they are and that they need help. If no further help is needed, or if the users want to reassure loved ones in a disaster scenario, the simple tap of an "OK button" will send a message stating that they are safe.
In an emergency situation, medical personnel or attending bystanders can scan the SOS QR code on the phone’s lock screen with any broadly available QR code scanner and quickly learn if they have any medical conditions, drug allergies, or other pertinent medical information. In addition to providing critical information, when activated, SOS QR will automatically generate an "Email Auto-Alert" to the user’s’ emergency contacts, including a map of the location where the incident took place.
“Timely response and immediate access to critical information are of utmost importance in an emergency situation,” said Dr. Bettina Experton, CEO of Humetrix. “By allowing consumers to manage their own emergency health and contact information– including key medications or medical conditions – and making that information easily accessible to emergency responders, SOS QR ensures that the right medical decisions are made on the scene or at the hospital. In addition, the app allows anyone to call for help with the touch of a button, a key feature in an emergency, when time is of the essence.”
How SOS QR Works
SOS QR lets consumers easily enter the medical data and contact information they want to communicate in an emergency. Once the emergency record is created, the app generates a unique QR code and a 4-digit numerical code to unlock access to the individual emergency record. When the user presses the “SOS button" or the QR code is scanned, SOS QR automatically generates an email or text to the user’s emergency contacts, which includes the name of the person involved in the emergency and a map location of the emergency.
At launch, SOS QR is available in English and French. Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Asian languages will be available in 2015.
SOS QR is free to download with a "SOS Premium" in app purchase of $9.99 and €7.99 for use of the SOS and OK buttons and the Email Auto-Alert with geo-location feature
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