Alert is an app for patients with long-term illnesses that allows them to signal help with a shake of their phone

For patients with a long-term illness like diabetes, the ability to receive the help you need when you need it is a rare and precious commodity. Today, there’s an app for that, and it’s called Alert from HelpAround.

How It Works

The app (which is currently marketed toward both iPhones and Androids, though the Android app does have less functionality) was originally created to help those with diabetes connect with a medical professional when their blood glucose levels became too elevated. With just a push of a button or a shake of the device, app users can begin a conference call or group text with three preselected contacts, and even call 911 if their condition escalates quickly.

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