Soom, a company specializing in utilizing barcode and knowledge graph technologies to bridge information gaps between data sources and physical products, has introduced SoomSafety, an iOS mobile app that allows users to scan a medical device and receive instructions for use, safety, and medical device recalls directly from the device manufacturer and the U.S. FDA.

“We built SoomSafety to help patients and caregivers relying on implanted medical devices and using medical devices at home answer one critical question, ‘Is this medical device safe to use?’” explains Charlie Kim, president and CEO of Soom. “Our technology makes it possible to connect previously siloed medical device data, giving patients—and their caregivers—more proactive control over their health and safety.”

SoomSafety is the first app to utilize open FDA, open-source databases that enable developers to quickly and easily use FDA data in applications. ”This year alone, 26 medical device products have been recalled, affecting nearly 50 million individual devices in the United States,” says Kim. According to Kim, many patients are never informed of these recalls due to incomplete information in the medical device supply chain.

SoomSafety users scan the barcode on a medical device, such as an insulin pump, nebulizer, or apnea monitor, to automatically identify the device and store it in the app. The app also identifies and stores implanted medical devices like artificial joints, pacemakers, and heart valves by scanning the barcode on a patient’s medical device identification card.

Once a device is stored, the app checks for FDA recall information and provides next steps in the event of a recall and pushes notifications if the device is ever recalled. In addition, the app displays safety and use information for each stored device.

The idea for SoomSafety was prompted by Kim’s personal experience with a medical device recall that threatened the life of his youngest daughter. “I’ve experienced first-hand what it feels like to wonder if a medical device that your loved one uses—relies on—is safe,” says Kim. “It’s a feeling that no patient, parent or caregiver should have to endure. That’s why at Soom we’re dedicated to finding new ways to use technology to ensure clarity and confidence in the medical devices we use.”

SoomSafety is available now for free in the Apple App Store.

Featured image: courtesy of Soom.