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I’m a fan of mobile user experiences that have real world benefits. This week, Fast Company had a story on unique applications that are, quite literally, life savers. The American Heart Association and Bayer are leveraging vital medical information and devices to make them more accessible and easier to use.

Mobile User Experiences Save Lives

A University of Alabama professor has received a $50,000 grant from the American Heart Association to develop a program that will use the Wii remote to teach CPR. The mobile component is vital – imagine being at a major public event like a baseball game. If a person goes into distress, precious minutes could tick by as a doctor is located and makes his way through the crowd to reach the patient. Now everyone with a mobile device can quickly access this program and start treatment till the pros arrive. 

Just a quick look at the Heart Association’s websites shows a huge host of information that is vital for healthy living. Making this available in a creative way might encourage more people to pursue a healthy lifestyle. 

The next real world app mentioned in the article is a great idea for kids struggling with diabetes.Bayer has created Didget, a blood-glucose meter that plugs into the Nintendo DS. Regular monitoring wins points which kids can spend on in-game items. Again, the mobile component for this is great – kids could access and use at school, on the soccer field or anywhere they need to make sure they are in the right range. 

I’m wondering if these devices could be paid for by insurance carriers? To look at this on a global and altruistic level, a society of healthy people is a better society. And if mobile user experiences help us get there, then bring it on!

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