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HelpAround: networking help for medical emergencies

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Using the power of social networking to help in medical emergencies.   I’m Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear.   HelpAround is the name of an app for iOS and Android mobile devices…designed initially…to help people avoid diabetic emergencies.   CEO and co-founder Yishay Knobel…says people with diabetes often run out of testing supplies when away from home…or sometimes just need advice…

“So we decided to build a mobile safety net that people can take with them wherever they go and where we enable them to find other people who have the same condition as they do exactly for these type of situations.  But much more than that.  We find that people are using it not just for emergencies but for everyday help, just to find people in their neighborhood.”

HelpAround has partnered with Nurse OnCall to provide professional help when needed.  The plan is to expand the scope of the app beyond diabetes as well.   You can find more info at HelpAround.co.   You can find us at BootCamp.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.

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