A perennial challenge in acute care today is the integration and availability of real-time pre-hospital and hospital data (patient, treatment, diagnostic and historical). Today’s ePCRs, ECRs , nd EMRs operate independently and without interoperability. This leads to duplicate data entry, redundancy, unnecessary data transport, data error and incomplete/inaccurate patient data when it’s needed most.
GD is working on creating a single, unified and bidirectional data stream for EMS and hospitals to simultaneously populate, access and track patient, treatment and diagnostic data in real time via e-Bridge (GD’s mobile telemedicine app). The paramedic would populate a data field (via mobile device) while in the ambulance, and the patient’s ePCR and EMR would be automatically updated and accessible to the ED and specialty physicians. The same goes for data flowing from the hospital to EMS. This includes integration with CAD systems.
Imagine a paramedic in the field typing in the patient’s last name and then the EMS data screen being instantly auto-filled with the individual’s historical EMR, ECR and ePCR Nemsis-quality data. This would greatly accelerate data entry, reduce data redundancy and enable EMS to treat patients more quickly and effectively.
One of the tremendous advantages of this new unified data stream is that it would feed prehospital data right into the hospital. In many hospitals, data generated by paramedics is all but lost except for verbal communication during patient handoff. With full prehospital data instantly accessible to ED teams and specialty physicians, more informed care can be given, and labs, equipment and personnel can be readied in advance of patient arrival. The result is better patient outcomes.\