Urban Tech Bets: Emergency Response

This project focuses on platforms that link people to the full range of public and private emergency response services through one interface, matching people in urgent need with the closest and best-equipped vehicles, and mapping their routes to-and-from the incident.

The Challenge

In developing countries, road traffic injuries are the number one cause of death for people aged 15 to 29, and among the top three for 5- to 44-year olds. 

  • Private companies lack incentives to serve people with lower incomes.
  • Weak infrastructure hampers dispatch.
  • Centralized “911” systems are expensive.

For more detail on the research, including emergency response opportunities, please visit Urban Tech Bets.

Project Aims

Emergency Response tech innovations could reach 3 billion people -- bridging gaps to critical emergency care, particularly around childbirth, and substantially reducing pregnancy-related deaths. Further, we seek to expand access to information to reach the right kind of facility -- one with an appropriate level of care, and an ability to treat a condition depending on an individual’s medical needs.

Predicted Outcomes

  • Match patients to the closest appropriate ambulance.
  • Are easy to access, even for those who live in hard-to-access areas.
  • Have a centralized number to call (or application to use) in an emergency.
  • Provide well-equipped ambulances to address patients’ urgent needs.
  • Manage fast dispatch and referral to appropriate facility.
  • Use enhanced navigational tools to ensure accurate and timely service.

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