RaceSafe App: A Smart Solution for Event Medical Care

June 24, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

It would seem logical that when organizing a race, having a highly-trained medical team in place would be a priority. But according to Dr. Anthony Luke, a clinical Professor in Sports Medicine at University of California San Francisco and Medical Director of The San Francisco Marathon and Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, that’s not always the case. Enter his app RaceSafe.

Dr. Luke told RunningUSA.com that he used his knowledge to create an app that is intuitive, helpful, and easy to use:

“We're aiming to help race organizers and their medical teams deliver better medical care to runners, and minimize liability by increasing event safety. RaceSafe is a platform of mobile apps that enables secure, mobile medical communication between smart phones.” 

Race organizers should think of the app like insurance: you may never need it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you have it.

Here are the four areas RaceSafe covers:

Recruiting and Organizing

  • An automated platform to save race organizers time.
  • Track volunteer recruitment, assignments, training and communication.

Better Medical Care

  • Participant’s medical information can be accessed securely allowing the medical team to provide proper care.
  • The mobile application connects the medical team, streamlines communication, and compiles medical documentation.
  • HIPAA compliant.

Mobile Command Center

  • Event organizers can see all medical team activity in real time and GPS location. Medical volunteers simply download the free apps on their own Apple or Android smart phones or tablets.
  • Instant view of event activity to help manage your emergency resources.

Participant Experience

  • Participants have the option to securely store and share personal medical history in case of emergency for any race using RaceSafe.
  • Volunteers  have more confidence in their ability to provide the best care, and training is incorporated in the sign-up process and typically takes less than 10 minutes.

Some of the of the recent races RaceSafe has partnered with are the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, supporting just under 40,000 runners, and Run Ottawa, supporting around 50,000 runners. “Our goal is to continually improve race medicine by using technology and data to create helpful solutions scalable for any size race,” Dr. Luke said.

Tell us in the comments if you would use RaceSafe for your next race.