What is Vitals?
Vitals is a technology service designed to create safer interactions between first responders and people with behavioral, mental health, and developmental or intellectual disorders. The Vitals mobile app gives families of vulnerable individuals the ability to manage a profile that contains information about their loved one's diagnosis, behavior triggers, de-escalation techniques, medications, and caregiver contact information. This information is connected with a Vitals beacon and is only shared with law enforcement and first responders when they are within 80 feet of a Vitals beacon.
What is AuSM's connection to Vitals?
In 2016, a group of technology experts came to AuSM to discuss how their expertise could be applied to enhance the lives of those affected by autism.
Community inclusion, independence, and safety were dominant topics the experts knew they could improve through their tech expertise.
After many information-seeking meetings with parents, caregivers, individuals with autism, first responders, and tech experts, as well as several focus groups comprised of caregivers and individuals with autism, the Vitals program was developed.
How does it work?
- Vitals Profile: Families or caregivers create and manage a Vitals profile that contains information about conditions, medications, triggers, de-escalation techniques, videos or images they respond to, medical information and caregiver contact information.
- Vitals Beacon: Profiles are assigned to a Vitals beacon which is carried with the vulnerable person via a Vitals card, button or phone.
- Vitals First Responder App: Authorized first responders receive an alert and access to any Vitals Profile when they are within 30 to 80 feet of a Vitals beacon.
For individuals, families and caregivers:
- Buy a Vitals beacon.
- Download the app.
- Create your app profile.