UHS, BU Alumni Develop Medical App

By Haley Burton

October 25, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 6:28 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) First responders in the area now have valuable medical information at their fingertips thanks to a new iPhone and iPad application developed by UHS and two Binghamton University alumni.

The "SREMS Protocol" app gives EMTs and paramedics important medical information when taking care of patients out in the field.

The app was developed through a partnership with UHS and two Binghamton University alumni, Dr. Adam Bitterman and Jeff Midgley.

The two graduated from Binghamton University and were emergency medical technicians with BU's Harpur's Ferry, the university's student volunteer ambulance service. They later founded JAMB Innovations, a company devoted to creating new mobile-device applications geared to medical uses.

The app includes the most recent EMS advanced life support protocols, phone numbers of the area's medical control hospitals and calculators and tools used in treating patients. The protocols are primarily print-based in a 100+ page handbook. The "SREMS Protocol" app digitizes this information in an easy to use app.

SREMS stands for Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services.

Dr. Bitterman and Mr. Midgley worked closely with UHS to develop the app.

The app can be downloaded for free to mobile devices in Apple's App Store by EMTs and other emergency medical personnel, said Prakash Ramanathan, special projects director at UHS.

"In this day and age where technology and medicine are constantly integrating, this seemed like a logical next step for us to provide the protocols available for our EMTs and paramedics to take care of patients," Ramanathan said.

“The app allows personnel to download a wealth of emergency protocols instantly, rather than having to rely on memory or carry around a 100-page printed handbook,” Dr. Bitterman said. “It’s a digitized manual in a format that is very quick and easy to use, especially during emergency situations.”

There are hundreds of protocols listed in the app for treating both adults and children including those that may not be so common.

UHS and SREMS are the first organizations in New York State to offer this technology. Ramanathan says UHS has contacted all of the certified EMTs and paramedics in its three county region (Broome, Tioga and Chenango counties) to let them know about the app.

"We've had several downloads on the App store since October 1, " said Ramanathan, "We're evaluating other opportunities for other apps that we may be useful for the medical community."

Dr. Bitterman currently is an orthopedic surgical resident at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Midgley is an emergency room PA at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts.

JAMB Innovations have created such apps as “uBurn". It is the first-ever, total-body-surface calculator tool for use with the iPhone.