What HIE Functionality Does EMS Need?

Currently, paramedics on scene don’t have access to important health information for the patient they are treating such as allergies, health conditions, medications, and the patient’s pre-directed treatment or end-of-life decisions. Also, the important care information in the EMS electronic patient care record (ePCR) is most often not made available in a useable way in the patient’s longitudinal electronic health record, nor is outcome data shared with the EMS providers for quality control and system improvement purposes.

PULSE+EMS will enable EMS providers to 1) search for a patient record in real time, 2) alert the hospital as to the nature of the patient coming in and receive medical direction, 3) file electronic patient care reports for the pre-hospital care they provided into the patient’s electronic health record, and 4) reconcile outcome data from the electronic health record back into the EMS record at the conclusion of the episode for system improvement.

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