Pre-Hospital Data Sharing: The Future of Community Paramedicine?

Mar 30, 2016 by

One common barrier to successful community paramedicine programs is a lack of data sharing between EMS providers, hospital providers, and other relevant providers such as a primary care doctor. Whether this is because the technologies are not fully compatible, worries about HIPAA, or simply tradition, it is fairly common that EMS providers are not shared on a patient’s electronic health record as they do pre-hospital care.

However, the potential benefits to such integrated data sharing are significant; an EMS provider can access a patient’s medications or history, which is especially helpful if a patient is unable to provide that information themselves. Additionally, an EMS provider can easily alert a patient’s primary care provider about their 911 call or forward relevant field tests to the hospital.

One community paramedicine pilot program that has been able to implement pre-hospital data sharing into their program is the Alameda County EMS in Alameda, California. Supported by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation, the program uses MEDIVIEW™ developed by Beyond Lucid Technologies. The software includes “pre-hospital health information exchange; longitudinal charting to track patients over time; built-in telemedicine so medical directors can see patients while community paramedics are at the bedside; and operational tools including visit scheduling, dispatch, and analytics.”

Cloud-based data-sharing and telehealth initiatives have been central to the development of community paramedicine as a forward-looking healthcare delivery system. San Diego’s Resource Access Program has had great success with collection and usage of cloud data on their most frequent callers, and Medstar in Texas has partnered with Infor to implement more efficient telemedicine for their mobile health units. Mobile connected technologies help community paramedics, doctors and hospital workers to better communicate the needs of their patients, and as mobile technology becomes even more widespread, it allows patients to play a greater role in their own care.

Read the full article here or below on Alameda’s implementation of technology, and make sure to join NYMIHA for the latest news in mobile integrated healthcare.


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