Did you know that doctors still use notes written on paper to store important patient information? I always imagined that they’d upgraded to computers by now. After all, surely someone has invented a program that allows medical staff to track a patient as he/she moves in between wards, gets updated diagnoses and subsequently, requires different sorts of medications?
Apparently not. Apparently, this is still done using sheets of paper, and up to 5000 of these medical notes can go missing every day. That’s a heck of a lot of important notes to lose. Imagine the wrong blood being given to patients, the wrong medication… it happens a lot more often than you think it should!
One of my best friends is a medical doctor and she’s seen so many of these cases that she’s finally decided to do something about it. So she thought of ‘SmartWard‘, a cross-platform app that aims to improve communication and reduce human error in hospitals – ultimately allowing doctors to save more lives! She developed this app during the London Startup Weekend (and won!), but that doesn’t mean the app will soon be available; her team still needs to advance to the next stage of the competition.
I don’t normally post asking people to vote, or like a page, or do things, but – please vote for my friend’s app! Her team needs to advance to the global stage in order to become closer to realising their dream, and you can help! All you need to do is go here and vote for their video (that’s the ‘Vote’ button, not the Facebook ‘Like’ button!) before voting closes on the 27th of November. You can vote multiple times (up to a maximum of once a day). Let’s help them reach the next stage so they can properly develop this app!