Here's an iPhone app you hope you never need.
Researchers from the Emergency Medicine Network at Massachusetts General Hospital today launched a free application for the iPhone that will tell you where the nearest hospital emergency rooms are in the United States, along with directions and other information designed to help people away from home.
"In talking with parents of children with asthma and allergies, itís clear that travel is a particularly stressful time for these families. One of the reasons is the uncertainty about how/where to get emergency care should they need it," Dr Carlos A. Camargo, an MGH emergency department physician and director of EMNet, said in an e-mail interview. "It occurred to our team that we could use our research database to create a simple application that would quickly connect families with the nearest ER -- wherever they were in the United States."
The system relies on a database of 5,000 emergency departments. The iPhone app also prominently displays an option to call 911 for emergency medical services.
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