Healthcare reform, budget crises and the abilities of enhanced technology are all positioning EMS for a change. Agencies will need to demonstrate their ability provide quality service and patient care at a reasonable cost or value, while also expanding their focus beyond individual patients to the health and wellness of the community. Dr. Greg Mears outlines five keys to success in this new environment.
The dispatch center is rapidly becoming much more than a control center. As EMS systems gain access to more and more sources of data, and technology permits real-time monitoring and evaluation of the data, the dispatch center is becoming more of a “clinical hub.”
For years, EMS agencies have been able to benchmark operational and clinical performance, and use data to identify and address problems. But we’ve typically not had access to the data needed to do the same thing for driver safety. Now, new technologies hold promise for real-time vehicle safety monitoring and the ability to significantly reduce ambulance crashes.
Bystander CPR and use of AEDs is a critical link in the chain of survival; as such, EMS has a vested interest in increasing its occurrence and effectiveness. In this article, Dr. Ben Bobrow argues that active participation by EMS agencies in AED registries can go a long way in achieving this goal.
What would the “perfect” EMS event look like? Dr. Greg Mears imagines it as a scenario that connects data gathered from dispatch, medical devices, EMS crew assessments, ePCR, patient outcomes and reporting systems into a seamless data interchange. But what’s preventing this from happening today?
A vast increase in information transfer capability from the field promises to revolutionize EMS. In this article, Dr. Raymond Fowler looks at a few of these technologies and examines the barriers to implementation.
A state-of-the art EMS data system should help you ensure that the care you provide is meeting your standards, and also help improve care over time. In this article, Mic Gunderson and Dr. Greg Mears look at what’s on the horizon for clinical quality assurance and improvement and how EMS systems are using data to integrate with the rest of with the rest of the healthcare system.
The analysis and use of EMS data shouldn’t be limited to traditional emergency response. In this article, the authors detail how MedStar in Fort Worth, Texas, is using EMS data to shape an integrated healthcare model, as well as to plan and prepare for large events and mass-casualty incidents.
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