Hartford Hospital’s LIFE STAR Program Launches New Mobile App LIFE STAR Has a New Way to Save Lives

July 31, 2014

Hartford, CT - The LIFE STAR program at Hartford Hospital is disseminating information from new heights with its mobile application.

LIFE STAR launched a new mobile app for rescue crews – but it can also function as a tool, resource, and informative brochure intended for the general public and health care professionals in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. 

“We believe this tool will serve as a critical means for health care professionals by providing necessary up-to-the-minute, timely information and alert notifications,” said Kenneth Robinson, M.D., Program Director, LIFE STAR. “It is also a chance for the general public to connect with LIFE STAR.

The LIFE STAR app can be accessed through ITunes or Google Play. Users will need to log on to their individual account to download the LIFE STAR app.

The mobile application can be customized to meet specific needs of emergency medical personnel. By creating an account, pertinent information and tools are provided as it relates to the clinician and patient’s needs while optimizing fast and efficient access to LIFE STAR.

Access to this information has been designed to assist medical personnel by providing awareness and information that acts as a reference for how, why, and when a patient can benefit from LIFE STAR critical care air medical transport. Additional safety tools and references also assist the user with the proper setup,
safety, and operational requirements of an active air medical helicopter landing zone operation.

Functions include:

General Public Access:
-General LIFE STAR transport/ program information
-General Safety and landing zone information
-Visual interaction and facts of the LIFE STAR helicopter
-FAQs with question submission
-Social media/ Web site integration
-Ability to request LIFE STAR for promotional events, speaking engagements, or
participate in the STAR Observation program

Secured Version for Medical Personnel:
-Neonatal/ Pediatric quick reference guides
-One-touch dialing for LIFE STAR transport requests
-Information snapshot of LIFE STAR crew’s “on-scene” needs and abilities
-Graphical safety brochure
-DIAL/ M-DIAL/ STEMI program information
-Pre-Designated LZ criteria/ initiation
-Pre-Designated LZ integration with GPS location (participating departments and
dispatch centers only)
-Receive LIFE STAR Alert notifications
-RSQ911 customer service survey submission link
-One-touch dialing to Hartford Hospital’s Patient Transfer Center

LIFE STAR is a critical care helicopter service which responds to and provides air transport for a variety of patients who require care at a tertiary care facility. The LIFE STAR crew consists of a flight nurse, flight respiratory therapist, pilot, mechanic and communication specialist.
The LIFE STAR critical care air medical transport service began operation in 1985. LIFE STAR is available to all emergency/critical care patients within a 150-mile radius surrounding our bases. All tertiary care centers within this response area are serviced by LIFE STAR and approximately 1,200 patients are transported annually. LIFE STAR has transported in excess of 20,000 patients to date.

About Hartford Hospital
Hartford Hospital, founded in 1854, is one of the largest teaching hospitals and tertiary care centers in New England with one of the region's busiest surgery practices. It is annually ranked among America's Best Hospitals by US News & World Report and has been recognized nationally for the quality of many of its programs, including cardiology, cancer, stroke and joint and spine care. The 867-bed regional referral center provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines. Among its divisions is The Institute of Living, a 114-bed mental health facility with a national and international reputation of excellence. Jefferson House, a 104-bed long-term care facility, is also a special division of Hartford Hospital. The hospital’s major centers of clinical excellence include cardiology, oncology, emergency services and trauma, mental health, women’s health, orthopedics, bloodless surgery and advanced organ transplantation. Hartford Hospital owns and operates the state’s only air ambulance system, LIFE STAR.

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