My name is jason friesen. I'm a paramedic and the founder of Trek Medics International, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of emergency medical systems in communities without reliable access to emergency care and transport: http://trekmedics.org
Before i continue I would like to say how much I appreciate your work, and am continually amazed by the wonderful collaboration this community undertakes. While I have had minimal involvement in this community to date, that's largely because I've been waiting to actually have something to say...
For the past 2.5 years we've been developing an SMS-based emergency dispatching software for resource-limited communities. The software is called Rapid Mobile Response Messaging (RM2), and we have recently finished our first round of testing outside the U.S. (you can read more about it here: http://trekmedics.org/programs/rm2-field-testing/)
In brief, RM2 was created to provide emergency dispatching (i.e., 911) in communities that will never be able to afford the exceedingly expensive and advanced technologies commonly used in North American and Europe, yet which have the essential infrastructure and resources needed for dispatching - namely, mobile phones and consistent cell signals. In order to ensure that the software met our three critical criteria - effectiveness, low-cost, and sustainability - we've eliminated pretty much all EMS equipment and technologies regularly used in wealthy countries and slimmed the IT requirements down to three items: mobile phones, USB modems, and a laptop or desktop.
This approach complements our approach to EMS development, as well, as we take great pains to remove the emphasis off of overly-expensive and minimally-effective EMS technologies - including conventional ambulances - and instead place our focus on improving the systems that are already in place, however informal - e.g., taxi cab drivers, unemployed youth with motorcycles, and boy/girl scouts et al.
We are currently looking for groups/organizations/institutes who would be interested in exploring areas for collaboration - and field-testing, in particular.
We are also interested in learning more about others who may have experience in SMS-based emergency dispatch in resource-limited settings.
If anyone would be interested in learning more, or sharing their own experiences, I would be very grateful to hear from you. I have also attached a white paper we wrote for RM2, and here is a link to a short promotional video we put together to demonstrate the software and support fundraising (apologies): https://vimeo.com/69521089
Thank you for your time, and I hope to hear from the community soon.
Keep up the great work,
Jason Friesen, MPH, EMT-P