MINNEAPOLIS – OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, recently began automatically sending cardiac arrest data from the Chicago Fire Department to the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES).
A cooperative between Emory University’s School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CARES save lives by measuring how well emergency medical services agencies respond to such calls.
"We’re working to consolidate all essential data elements of pre- and post-hospital cardiac arrest events in an efficient manner," said Joseph Weber, MD, one of Chicago’s EMS Medical Directors, an emergency medicine physician at Stroger Cook County Hospital and Assistant Professor at Rush Medical College. "As part of this initiative, we’re utilizing the SafetyPAD ePCR system with its advanced protocol requirements to collect very detailed information on such activities. Combined with the CARES set of standards, Chicago Fire is bringing better science to cardiac arrest resuscitation and driving us towards even more positive patient outcomes."
Chicago Fire is the largest Fire and EMS agency to partner with CARES to send cardiac arrest data in an automated process.
"SafetyPAD has a number of large mutual customers with CARES in addition to Chicago including Boston EMS, Miami Fire and D.C. Fire & EMS. We are quite proud to be able to assist these agencies and CARES with quality data collection in an automated fashion," said Scott Streicher, OPEN's Director of Operations.
"What makes this even more significant is SafetyPAD's deployment of this automated data exchange using the new NEMSIS 3 standard that was released in 2012," explained Josh Austin, OPEN's Director of Information Technology. "It is our understanding the SafetyPAD is the first ePCR company in the nation to utilize this new standard with the CARES initiative".
NEMSIS, the National Emergency Medical Services Information System, is the national repository that will be used to potentially store EMS data from every U.S. state. Since the 1970s, the need for EMS information systems and databases has been well established, and many statewide data systems have been created. However, these EMS systems vary in their ability to collect patient and systems data and allow analysis at a local, state and national level. The Version 3 revision has included input from EMS stakeholder across the nation, including EMS agencies, users and vendors of software products. These individuals and organizations have played a key role in the development and finalization of the NEMSIS Version 3 Dataset.
More information on the national repository is available at www.nemsis.org.
In 2005, CARES began in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The following year, the program expanded to include six more cities. In 2011, 40 communities in 25 states and the District of Columbia were participating. CDC plans to expand the program to more areas as interest in CARES grows. In 2010, CARES began an expansion to statewide surveillance in Arizona, Hawaii, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Washington.
The CARES program seeks to
- Save more lives from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
- Strengthen collaboration between 9-1-1 centers, first responders, EMS agencies, and hospitals.
- Provide a simple, confidential, HIPPA-compliant process to assess patient outcomes.
- Offer technical assistance to help community leaders identify and prioritize opportunities to improve EMS performance.
For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/cares.htm.
About Open Incorporated
Founded in 1993, OPEN Incorporated is a leader in electronic patient care reporting that develops software products for the Fire & EMS industry, enhancing their abilities to serve the public. With more than 17 years of developing highly successful electronic EMS informatics solutions, the company’s SafetyPAD® software and related technologies have been successfully deployed at numerous high performance Fire and EMS services, including six of the top twenty highest run volumes in U.S. cities. Investors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. More information can be found at www.safetypad.com.