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‘HelpAround’ App Helps Diabetics Find Immediate Help In A Crowd

For the nearly 347 million people diagnosed with diabetes around the world, forgetting their insulin pump or test strips at home could be a matter of life or death.

By: Shiri Wasserman, NoCamels

Published: June 19th, 2014 in Health » World

‘HelpAround’ App Helps Diabetics Find Immediate Help In A Crowd

We all have our forgetful moments, but what if being forgetful could cost you your life? For the nearly 347 million people diagnosed with diabetes around the world, forgetting their insulin pump or test strips at home could be a matter of life or death.

“Diabetics often find themselves in dangerous, scary, or unpredictable situations,” HelpAround CEO Yishai Knobel tells NoCamels, “and running back home is not always an option.” That’s why he and co-founder Shlomi Aflalo developed HelpAround, a crowdsourcing application for people with diabetes and other chronic diseases, allowing them to communicate and get immediate help from people in the vicinity.

“The inspiration for HelpAround came when an AgaMatrix investor, Robert Oringer, was at a hockey game with his two Type I diabetic children,” says Knobel, a former mobile health executive for diabetes tech giant AgaMatrix. “When his son started to feel unwell, Oringer realized he had forgotten the diabetes kit at home. Oringer managed to get back home on time, but thought there must be a better way.”

Knowing that one in ten people suffers from diabetes in the US, Oringer realized that an app would have made it much easier to reach out to the crowd to get his son the medication he needed. “We understood the need for a crowdsourcing application where people have the ability to help each other in situations like these.,” says Knobel.

Help is all around you

With HelpAround, users are given the option to choose from one or more health networks with people suffering from similar chronic diseases or conditions, who can lend a hand in times of crisis. The network then categorizes the users into sub-groups. For diabetics, it could be parents dealing with diabetic children, diabetic caregivers, or diabetes “helpers” (either diabetics themselves, or people with extensive knowledge about diabetes).

This article was first published on NoCamels – Israeli Innovation News and was re-posted with permission. To continue reading this article on the site, click here.

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