Data Drives Care: Introducing a New Chain of Survival
EMS service delivery and patient care, especially related to cardiac arrest, have evolved over the past 30 years using a concept known as the “Chain of Survival.” Each link in the chain represents a critical care component associated with a patient's survival. Today, we are seeing an evolution in the delivery of EMS service and patient care. Each EMS system now has a Data and Technology Chain of Survival. In this session, learn how technology and data touches every aspect of an EMS system of care.
• New data sources and technology transforming the dispatch center and vehicle operations
• The role software can and will play in patient assessment and recommendations for clinical care (clinical decision support)
• Technological advances that are making it possible to measure and report outcomes
• The need for data standardization across equipment and software, such as ECG transfer and ePCR reporting, to facilitate information exchange along the healthcare continuum
• The steps that need to happen to achieve the full potential of EMS technology
| Greg Mears, MD
Greg Mears, MD, is the medical director for ZOLL specializing in data, Systems of Care and EMS performance improvement. Dr. Mears, through the non-profit Emergency Performance Inc., leads the development of the National Fire Operations Reporting System (N-FORS). He’s an adjunct professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has served in multiple EMS leadership roles within North Carolina and nationally.