Tech firm introduces new app feature specifically designed to help first responders and health care workers during COVID-19 pandemic
Minneapolis, MN- April, 2020 – Vitals™ Aware Services, the Twin Cities-based developer of the Vitals™ App, is offering its services to all first responders, health care providers, hospitals and clinics free of charge. The goal is to support as many people as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Vitals™ App, which expanded to California in January, is a life-saving service that provides critical health and mental health information to first responders’ mobile phones in the age of “social distancing.” As part of this initiative, Vitals™ will also offer free signup and service to individuals and families for the next six months. The Vitals™ team will continuously assess the situation to determine if this offer could be extended longer.
“The Vitals™ App is a living, breathing medical alert bracelet. This is exactly the type of technology needed right now. With Vitals™, first responders and others caring for the sick will have immediate access to updated, critical information while allowing them to maintain a tactical and adequate distance for their own safety,” explains Janeé Harteau, president and CEO of Vitals™ Aware Services.
As part of this initiative, Vitals™ will allow its existing public safety agencies to increase the number of officers, deputies, firefighters and EMTs using the app at no cost. The plan is to rapidly equip first responders with the app with minimal disruption to the ongoing crisis.
“In this unprecedented time, when we are asking a lot of everyone to prevent the spread of the virus, Vitals™ wants to share our technology to increase health and safety in our communities. This isn’t the time for public safety agencies or vulnerable adults to worry about fees. The time to act is now and we want to do our part. We’re all in this fight together,” Harteau added.
With the new COVID-19 app feature, a first responder or public health care provider will be automatically alerted when an individual with a Vitals™ beacon is in their proximity. Once within 80 feet, the first responder or health official can view the person’s customized profile displaying critical details about the person, including the underlying health conditions that put them at risk. The first responder will receive an alert on his or her smartphone that an individual has a far greater risk of becoming significantly ill, or worse, if they contract the virus. The profile will also display how a first responder or health official can best serve the individual based on medical conditions, behavior triggers, medications, allergic reactions, emergency contact information, etc.
The Folsom Police and Fire departments were the first in California to begin using the Vitals™ App. Folsom Police Chief Rick Hillman indicated that Vitals™ was an innovative way to give officers access to as much real-time critical information as they can in a situation involving a vulnerable person who may have autism, Alzheimer’s or suffer from mental illness. “In the age of COVID-19, information becomes even more powerful for bothfirst responders and the individuals we’re serving,” Hillman added.
NAMI Sacramento was one of the first organizations to endorse the Vitals™ App when it launched in Northern California. It has partnered with Vitals™ to introduce the new technology to its constituents.
“As an organization, we strive to reduce the prejudice of mental illness while improving the general welfare of those suffering from it. With the Vitals™ App, people can voluntarily share information with first responders that will help them when they are struggling,” said David Bain, executive director of NAMI Sacramento. “The technology also adds a certain ‘peace of mind’ for family members who are constantly worried about their loved ones.”
Vitals™ started this initiative earlier this month in Minnesota. The company is now seeking government, corporate, civic and media partners to expedite agency signups and the distribution of services to individuals and families.
If you or your organization is interested in partnering and contributing to this effort, contact Stan Alleyne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-704-6621.
- Sample profiles that would be displayed on the Vitals™ App
- Brochure explaining Vitals™
- Vitals™ Executive Summary
About Vitals™ Aware Services
Vitals™ works by equipping first responders with information voluntarily provided by Vitals™ enrollees. Law enforcement and other first responders download the Vitals™ First Responder app on their cellphones. The service allows a vulnerable person to register online, then wear a beacon that takes the form of a keychain, necklace, debit card or bracelet. An Android phone can also serve as the beacon. When a Vitals™ user comes within 80 feet of an officer or first responder equipped with the service, the officer will get a notification about the person’s diagnosis and how they may best interact with them.
To learn more about Vitals™, go to www.thevitalsapp.com.