(Emma Nay) We all know that using a phone while driving can cause some serious consequences. With new applications coming out daily, it seems as though people have even more ways to become distracted behind the wheel.
But who knew that some mobile applications could help save someone’s life? Ford Motors is currently working on a mobile app that could help those with chronic conditions such as diabetes. This mobile app uses Bluetooth so drivers can answer questions hands-free to get information about their personal health records and track low blood sugar levels. This app isn’t only for the driver; it’s for the passengers as well.
Coming from a personal experience of mine, I believe that these new apps could very well save someone’s life.
Last May, I was driving back to school to study for exams after visiting my mother on Mother’s Day. I started to feel very confused, dizzy, and disoriented and had pulled over immediately on I-95. I was so weak that I couldn’t even lift my water bottle. I called 911 immediately because I was on the verge of fainting and I knew I had to get off the road as soon as possible. After spending a night in the emergency room, I discovered that what I had was hyponatremia, a sodium deficiency. It definitely would have helped me out if such an app were available at the time.
Gary Strumolo, Ford global manager of interiors, infotainment, health, and wellness research, stated that these mobile healthcare apps probably wouldn’t be around for another year or so. Until then, let’s hope that other automobile companies will step up to make the roads safer for everyone, especially for those suffering from chronic conditions.