iHELP: crowdsourcing for medical emergencies


Crowdsourcing first aid.

iHELP offers an crowdsourced solution for providing immediate aid in cases of cardiac arrest and other emergencies. The service allows a person in distress to alert other users of the app nearby, who can come to their aid or find the nearest public defibrillator, arriving at the scene faster than an ambulance. iHELP has been particularly successful in its launch country of Slovenia, where knowledge of basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation is mandatory in order to pass the national driving test. iHELP has since launched across Europe, including Bulgaria, Germany and the UK. 

I consulted iHELP on forming strategic partnerships with NGOs and key organisations within the NHS, including the British Heart Foundation, London Ambulance Service, St John’s Ambulance and the Saga Group.