Joplin, MO (PRWEB) May 16, 2012
As the city of Joplin, Missouri reflects on the one year anniversary of the super storm that cut a mile wide and twelve miles long path of destruction though out the city, Joplin based MyMedLab announces a disaster preparedness Facebook app that could save lives when future disasters hit.
On May 22, 2011, the massive tornado’s path of destruction went directly through a hospital that serviced over 200,000 people. It destroyed over a hundred medical offices, including MyMedLab’s offices. Some of the hospital’s paper records were recovered more than seventy miles away.
“I've lived in Joplin with my family all my life, and tornadoes are a part of Midwest-experience much like hurricanes and earthquakes are to the coasts. Every spring provides an opportunity to teach my kids about the awesome power of nature and the need to be prepared, but this storm was very different,” said David Clymer, CEO of MyMedLab. “Not only were our offices destroyed, but nearly all my family's medical network of doctors, pediatricians, dentists, dermatologist, chiropractor and others were destroyed as well. These providers, along with my records with them, were not simply taken offline for a few weeks. They were gone forever.”
“All the members of my family survived the storm’s destruction, including my 88 year old Grandfather whose house was completely destroyed. He came to live with my family after the storm until he contracted meningitis from an overcrowded urgent care facility that ended his life. He died not from the storm, but from waiting in line for treatment weeks later. This ripple affect of the disaster is still going on to this day and is what is driving our efforts to make a difference.”
David’s story is not uncommon in a global perspective where disasters are happening everyday. “I know first hand that technology and social connections can help prepare for disaster. They can also reduce the damages those disasters have on your life,” continued Clymer. Technology is changing the way we live and we’re very excited to be part of the impact it’s having on health.
After this very personal story, David and the MyMedLab team saw the chance to create the Project Lifeline Facebook app. Project Lifeline is designed to help people get prepared for disasters of all kinds. The app asks Facebook users to select three friends to be notified in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.
Built into the app is a simple way to create a personal health record complete with baseline lab test results and personal health history. This same platform enables health care providers from all over the world to volunteer their help without ever leaving their homes to provide it.
To get started with Project Lifeline, link the app to any Facebook profile, choose three lifelines from friends, download, and complete the family emergency plan. The last step in the preparedness plan is to build a personal health record that is stored online and can be faxed or emailed to any health care provider worldwide. Taking these steps before a disaster can help keep friends and family informed and save lives when a community is overwhelmed.
Digital health pioneer, MyMedLab is a leading provider of direct-to-consumer laboratory testing services. MyMedLab has developed a unique suite of software applications and professional networks that enable the ordering, processing, and reporting of test results directly to consumers. To order tests, receive test results privately online, and talk to an expert about your results, visit MyMedLab.com. Get the Project Lifeline Facebook app from Facebook.com/mymedlab