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Been a while

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Personal
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Trying to get back on track and blog about the stuff I enjoy and like! It hasn’t been easy with my busy schedule at work, the dive team, and summer plans!

 

Medic Mobile is out! I gotta say that I’m loving this great tool and platform and can definitely see the potential for it in rural and developing parts of the world. I would love to get my hands on a project to implement this. Here’s is what the development team has to say about it:

“Our approach is about tools that can be appropriated and adapted by health workers all over the globe, many of whom have little support from professional IT staff.

Mobile phones play an increasingly integral role in daily life in the developing world and some of our greatest global health challenges can be addressed through connectivity. Medic is seizing this opportunity by developing software, hardware, implementation strategies and impact analysis in mobile health.

The same team of FrontlineSMS with the same open source tools, have re-branded FrontlineSMS:Medic in their unique approach to mHealth.

Oh and it gets even better with providing a simple interface for an EHR, and it’s called PatientView

Site: http://medicmobile.org/

Big Shoutout to the team! You all are AWESOME 🙂

So yes, I’m back again and on track hopefully this time. I’ve been away for almost over 6 months now! My new career has been very demanding and exciting that I barely have the time to blog with all my other personal and volunteer commitments. I do however hope this is a great start and to be back on track again to report on the great technologies for health and the types of health informatics projects/initiatives I’m involved with in Kuwait 🙂

A good friend of mine, Dana H., has posted the following status update on her Facebook Profile:

“People need to understand that children with special needs don’t have an illness, they are not looking for a cure only acceptance. 93% of you probably won’t copy and paste this! Will you be in the 7% that will and leave it on your status for at least an hour? Special Education week March 27nd to April 3rd. Go on, copy and paste!”

So go ahead, support this and update your Facebook statuses accordingly 🙂 Be the 7 %! Be the change

After attending a LoYAC function to raise funds for Haiti in Mishref, I was driving home at about 11 pm and while on Road 20something (Between Mishref and Bayan after the gas station – See Google map above), all lanes were slow and traffic was bad. I thought it was an accident and I was right! As I passed the accident, I saw a middle-aged man on the floor by the car and blood was surrounding him!! I quickly pulled to a safe-side on the curb ahead and ran to the victim while getting my first-aid kit.

When I got to the victim, a man wearing dishdasha appeared was trying to figure out where or not the victim has pulse and was on a high-tech walkie-talkie calling an ambulance. Police from Bayan Police station were at the scene when I arrived. I came to the victim and started asking the guy if I can help, but he was occupied with pulse and being on the walkie-talkie. I checked and there seemed no signs of breathing, the light/pupil test to check for responsiveness didn’t even work (not that this would be a valuable test even, but given the scene and situation, that’s all I could’ve done)!!! I feared the guy to be dead since he looked pale and his skin felt a bit cold.

There was a debate between the police and ambulance because if the guy had pulse (alive) that he must be rushed to a hospital, if he had no pulse (dead) then this would be a crime scene and CSI folks must come and do their work before the body is taken away to the morgue. The decision was made SLOWLY, but we lifted the guy, put him on to the gurney, and then off to the ambulance and to the hospital.

I stayed for another 2 hours organizing traffic since the victim’s car swerved and took out a palm tree!!!

There was oil and gasoline spill all over the street and we waited for the fire-fighters to come and hose down the road and clear it from the spilled gasoline, oil, and coolant. Yeah, the two hour wait was fun and interesting! The fire-fighters’ wireless system was down, and Police Operations Center forgot to call them!!

The sad news came before we left the scene that the guy passed away. My details were taken and I might serve as a witness to the case should an extensive investigation be opened!

Slowdown people, buckle-up and when you pass an accident DON’T STOP AND WATCH unless you have something to offer! May the man’s soul rest in peace.

My college, Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, aparently has been following me on twitter!! I stumbled upon a tweet that read:

“Check out Eller alum Dari Al-Huwail, member of the Kuwait Dive Team, who works on projects to save marine life.http://tinyurl.com/y95v3mfEller, Twitter

That’s soooooooooooo cooooooooooooooooooool 🙂 Go Wild Cats and Bear DOWN!

May God be with them all … Pray and find ways to help Haiti now: http://goo.gl/v0kQ