Dogtown Media, Minneapolis Heart Institute, and Allina Health Deploy COVID-19 Emergency Protocols App to Support Health Providers During Coronavirus Crisis

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The Minneapolis Heart Institute and Allina Health system have partnered with mobile technology studio Dogtown Media to deploy a COVID-19 emergency protocols app. With the mobile app, healthcare workers can triage patients faster and more accurately. The app also offers step-by-step instructions for treating low- to high-risk coronavirus patients.

In the United States alone, more than one million coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been confirmed — approximately one-third of all cases worldwide. To help medical providers navigate this health crisis, mobile app developer Dogtown Media has worked with the Minneapolis Heart Institute (MHI) and Allina Health to deploy a COVID-19 emergency protocols app.

This new mobile app builds off of a cardiovascular (CV) emergency protocols app that the organizations previously worked on together. This original iteration gives up-to-date treatment directives on how to help patients experiencing cardiac arrest, and it is available to physicians anywhere, anytime.

“A rural physician utilized a protocol within the app (he could not find a paper version at their hospital) and successfully started treatment and transferred the patient (via the app) to us for emergent life-saving surgery,” explains Mark Ebeling, Patient Care Manager at MHI.

The CV app has helped save numerous lives. Its success and the current pandemic crisis inspired Dogtown Media, MHI, and Allina Health to team up once again on a COVID-19 emergency protocols app.

More than just a redesigned and redeployed version of its predecessor, the COVID-19 emergency protocols app allows physicians to efficiently triage patients based on symptoms and risk factors. It then offers step-by-step instructions on how to best treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus.

Low-risk patients are advised to stay home and self-isolate as much as possible. For medium- and high-risk patients, the app gives guidance on increasing blood-oxygen levels, applying medications, intubation, using respirators, and more. Each of these efforts can play an integral role in stabilizing a patient’s condition so their body can properly fight the coronavirus and heal.

COVID-19 has caused the deaths of more than 200,000 people around the world. By giving healthcare providers access to research-backed clinical support protocols, Dogtown Media, MHI, and Allina Health hope to ease their stress during this overwhelming crisis and help save lives.

Formed in 1981, the Minneapolis Heart Institute of Abbott Northwestern Hospital is one of the top-rated cardiovascular care and research centers in the world. Known for being the first in the Midwest U.S. to implant an artificial heart, the facility was also recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery.

Allina Health is a not-for-profit medical system that is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness through enhancing the greater health of communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. It currently owns and operates 13 hospitals and more than 90 clinics in the region.

Headquartered in Venice Beach, California, Dogtown Media is a mobile technology studio that leverages disruptive design strategies and dynamic development to deliver industry-leading apps. To date, the company has created over 200 mobile apps in industries including Healthcare app development, IoT, and Artificial Intelligence. The firm recently returned to the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies in America for the 3rd year in a row.

To download the new COVID-19 emergency protocols app on the App Store, visit here. To get it on Google Play, click here.

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