When you think of emergency acute care, many things come to mind. Urgency, assessment, information gathering, and split-second decisions are just a few. One thing that should never come to mind?
The requisite pace and palpable stress of pre-hospital and hospital acute care are a lot to juggle. With every passing moment and every medical decision, lives and liability hang in the balance. How can you best solve the problem of saving lives in such an environment while minimizing risk?
Two words: Mobile Telemedicine.
Mobile Telemedicine is telemedicine that is performed in the mobile wireless environment. Typically used via a mobile device, it fills gaps and enables streamlining the decision and handoff process from first medical contact through acute care intervention in the hospital by providing quick, reliable access to vital information. Paper forms, faxed 12-lead reports and rushed verbal exchanges are replaced by clear, easily accessible digital data. All of this is made possible by infusing remote, mobile, anywhere-access capabilities to the continuum of care providers in the workflow process. Studies show this can lead to a 28% greater physician and nurse productivity and 36% increase in operational efficiency.
The benefits of Mobile Telemedicine technology are apparent right from first medical contact by EMS. Hospital nurses and physicians can not only consult with EMS from their mobile devices- they can also review and engage additional specialty team members as needed. EMS can also capture and send video assessments, form data, vitals, and event time-stamps that become part of the medical record and case metrics. ED staff can use the information to be best prepared in advance of patient arrival while getting real-time ETA updates. Better preparation means faster handoff, shorter time to treatment and expedited handoff upon arrival, even if that means bypassing the ED altogether, allowing EMS to return to service quicker.
Seem implausible or wildly futuristic? Well, the future is now.
GD offers the most comprehensive and widely-used Mobile Telemedicine solutions for hospitals and EMS, that minimize risk, improve patient outcomes, and save money – while saving lives.
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~ GD Team