Mr. Michael Khalemsky
Developments in social networks and smartphone-based technologies lead to potentially significant changes in healthcare delivery. Thousands of apps enable communication between doctors and patients and among patients.
Some chronic patients are required to carry life-saving medications such as Epipen – an emergency drug for anaphylaxis. Lack of prescribed medications during an attack may lead to serious consequences and even death. Despite the danger, adherence by chronic patients to medical regimens is dismally low.
Emergency Response Communities (ERC) approach proposed by Schwartz et al. (2014) is based on a social network of patients required to carry life-saving medications that can help each other in case of absence of the medication during sudden attack. The ERC is based on a supporting app and a central server.
In 2015 as part of MA equivalency requirements, I developed the ERC Effectiveness Modeler that accepts parameters such as population density, prescription rates, community adoption etc. and uses Monte-Carlo simulation to assess the effectiveness of an ERC in comparison to EMS (Michael Khalemsky, 2015).
In this study, I'll perform a field study by creating an ERC and collecting data for 6-12 months. MADA (Israeli EMS) agreed to participate in this study, subject to all required approvals.
The study has three goals:
- Validation of the ERCEM as an appropriate quantitative tool for ERC effectiveness assessment.
- Analysis of the first ever-performed field study of ERC.
- Analysis of the similarities and the differences of ERC volunteer characteristics and motives from those of other volunteer groups.