9 Stories How Software Developers Save Lives

Have you ever thought that software developer can save your life? The truth is that software developers save thousands of people’s lives today developing software and applications that not only simplify the work of doctors, police, firefighters, but even defend human lives. In this article we gathered only some examples of this.

#1 Pulsepoint App Helps People Suffering from Cardiac-Arrest

The idea of Pulsepoint is to notify people who are trained in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. This application enables members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States. The application also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator.

To install the PulsePoint app simply search PulsePoint in the Apple App Store or in Android Apps on Google Play.

#2  700,000 Lives in Africa Every Year are Saved: an App that Tells You if the Medicine You just Bought is Real or Counterfeit

Do you know that around 700,000 people die annually because of counterfeit drugs? mPedigree Network was created to protect lives of citizens of Africa. This system allows consumers verify with a free text message whether their medicines are safe and not counterfeit.

Besides safeguarding people’s health, the app also aids law enforcement agencies in stamping down pharmaceutical counterfeiting groups and ensuring reliability and trust for both consumers and pharmaceutical companies. This application also prevents pharmaceutical companies from more than $200 million daily losses because of this genocidal trade.

#3 Ushahidi Platform Gathers Information About Disasters and Acts of Violence in Minutes

Ushahidi platform is a tool that gathers information about disasters using multiple channels, including SMS, email, Twitter and the web. “Ushahidi” means “testimony” in Swahili. This website was created after beginning of the revolution in Kenya in 2008 and allowed people to report violence. The idea of the service is that people report about any accidents with the help of mobile devices or computers. Today Ushaidi is used to report about earthquakes, tornados, fires, acts of violence.

#4 Emergency Button App NotifiesYour Loved Ones if You are in a Disaster

Press the big red button to notify your loved one that something wrong with you. With Emergency Button application you need to fill in a phone number and/or an email address of people which will get your notification in case of emergency. This application may be helpful for senior people and for those who have health problems.

#5 Red Cross Apps that Stand to Provide Safety and Crucial Info in Case of a Disaster

If a disaster hits, how will you know your loved ones are safe?

Red Cross created applications aimed to save your life in case of a Hurricane, Earthquake, and Wild fire. Thanks to these applications people get tips how to stay safe during disasters.

Other features include:

  • One touch “I’m safe” messaging to let you family and friends know that you are ok using Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
  • Best practices library available even without Internet connection which provides you with information how to survive, where to find open shelters of Red Cross.
  • Step by step guide what to do in case of a disaster.
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm.
  • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

Eartquake application also contains personalized push notifications, monitoring both magnitude and geography.

earthquake app screens x 3

With Wildfires app you will get notified about current wildfires or wildfire-conducive weather.

Screen shots of wildfire app

The Red Cross’s developers also created an application that helps people to find a Shelter (Shelter Finder).

First Aid is another app of Red Cross where you can find out what to do in the event of an accident or a medical emergency.

You can find the full list of these mobile applications on the Red Cross website.

#6 ITriage App Helps People to Identify What to Do Just Entering Symptoms

The idea of ITriage app is to provide people with a clear step by step guide what do in emergency. All you need to do is just to enter symptom. The application will understand causes and provide you with what to do information to first aid you or others. You can find a story how a wife saved her husband from stroke using this app here.

#7 A Software That Matches People Needing Kidneys with Donors

David S. Jacobs developed the software which connects kidney donors with people awaiting transplants. The main issue with kidney transplantation is that not every kidney will be a compatible match (there is 30% risk of a bad match). Before this software potential donors were sent away. Kidney-paired donation software helps connect one incompatible donor/recipient pair with another pair in the same situation.

You can read more here. Dr. Rees also developed software to match kidney donors with recipients. You can learn more here.

#8 An Application to Defend Residents from Rocket fire from Gaza

To assist in alerting Israelis to the presence of the siren, the app developer Kobi Snir designed the free Tzeva Adom (Hebrew) smartphone app. The app allows users to select a location where they’d like to be alerted for Code Red, and even to customize the sound of the alarm signaling an impending rocket. Read More here.

#9 EnableTalk: Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech

Do you know that around 40 million people are deaf and can communicate only with  sign language? The main problem is that only few people know sign language so can understand those who can’t speak. EnableTalk was developed by Ukrainian software developers to give deaf-mute people voice. Using sensored gloves and a mobile device this application converts specific gestures in voice. Low cost (around $75,00) is the one more advantage of this device. However, the device is still under development and improvement.

Social Media Tools: the fastest reporting tools ever

It is not a secret that Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other social media are monitored by law enforecement agencies to be ready to react swiftly and prevent a crime or help in case of a disaster. Using the hashtag  #savelives thousands of Twitter users signal about their needs and problems.

As you can see there are plenty of software that help people to stay safe.

Do you still have doubts whether software developers can save your lives? Please comment below. You are also welcome to add new stories how software saves lives in the comments section.

Images are from Red Cross website.

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