During Hajj 2015, over 2 million faithful thronged to the holy places of Mecca and its region. This annual influx is not without posing a significant health risk. To cope with the problems faced pilgrims, an Algerian neurosurgeon had a brilliant idea.
The bracelet “ Bissalama ”
Dr Abdeldjellil Boudemagh and the team of SwissMedCall firm he heads, have created a bracelet with a SOS button, allowing the wearer to be geolocated and contact a doctor sworn .
This unique medical device combining “phone, GPS and medical records.” At no time does the pilgrim has to leave, not even when he has to her ablutions since the device is water resistant.
This new technology thus prevents the risk of loss and provides better care of the patient the doctor will have access to its digitized medical record.
“the idea is to offer a service that goes with this health device so we also up a call center. For example, if a patient has chest pain, he can activate the SOS, the ambulance will know exactly where he is thanks to geolocation and the emergency physician will have the medical records with him. This saves time by acting upstream, “explains Dr. Abdeldjellil Boudemagh.
” There is more we must pilgrimages where people leave and return to a state catastrophic. This must be done in good conditions, “said neurosurgeon now settled in Switzerland after serving several years in King Fahad Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “During the Hajj, I was responsible for everything related to the trauma. The language barrier and access to medical records are the biggest problems facing the pilgrims, whatever their nationality. The doctor and the patient are often poor. So we set up a system for translating medical records in five languages. “
Algerian doctors deployed there
In order for the patient can easily communicate in his native tongue, the firm plans to deploy a team of doctors can communicate in Algerian dialect and Tamazight.
“We will recruit 5-6 Algerians will post in Jeddah and we in the Bissalama at least three of them who understand and speak Tamazight. “
to benefit this device, whose cost is 80 euros, the pilgrim must register before July 21, 2016 through authorized agents SwissMedCall. “a person commits an inscription and then, the pilgrim must complete a document and provide a medical record transmitted to us. ” The person receives and pays her bracelet in Saudi Arabia since the device will work with a local Sim card. “When the patient build on the SOS button, the specially developed software, allow the doctor receiving the call instantly available patient data.”
Several interested countries
Iran, Morocco and Turkey, where the potential is “to 74000 hadjis” have already expressed their interest in this product in anticipation of Hajj 2016. in Algeria, conclusive tests been completed and the Ministry of religious Affairs was informed from the year of the availability of the device. “I offered them the bracelet but their reactivity have not been up to,” advised Dr. Boudemagh.
“In 2016, I took decision to present the wristwatch directly to the pilgrim by proposing a reasonable price that respects the average budget of hadji. “
This device, created in 2015, is not a goal” commercial “emphasizes Dr. Boudemagh. Rather, within the research framework based on the desire to develop the “digital medicine in Algeria”.
For his research team SwissMedCall has also been selected as part contest “Health Monaco” to be held on May 31 in the South of France.