Nova Scotia pilots EMR system in
HALIFAX – Medusa Medical
Technologies Inc. announced that its flagship electronic patient care
reporting software, the Siren ePCR Suite, is currently being implemented
in a pilot program for ground ambulances operated by Emergency Health
Services Nova Scotia (EHS). Upon completion of the pilot program, the
Siren ePCR Suite will be in all 150 of EHS’ ground ambulances, as well
as in both LifeFlight air ambulances, and more than 800 paramedics will
have been trained by EHS to use the system.
The Siren ePCR Suite is an electronic patient care reporting system
that improves the speed and accuracy with which paramedics can record
patient information while in an ambulance en route to hospital. With the
system, patient data is recorded quicker and more accurately than with
pencil and paper. Ultimately, Siren allows paramedics to spend less time
documenting patients’ ailments, and more time treating them.
"Good patient care requires good information," said Nova Scotia
Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. "This new system will help
paramedics track a patient’s condition and treatment decisions quicker
and more accurately, allowing paramedics to focus more time on patient
Medusa’s contract with EHS positions Nova Scotia as Canada’s first
province to offer all of its residents the benefits of a complete
electronic patient care solution in a pre-hospital/out of hospital
emergency services environment.
Until now, this kind of technology was only available in a few major
cities. And while putting Nova Scotia on the forefront of patient care
reporting in Canada, the initiative will also create advances in
pre-hospital emergency medicine for EHS.
The Siren ePCR Suite includes data analysis tools that will allow EHS to
generate reports to measure the performance of the system. Says Medusa
president and CEO, Scott Campbell: "Digital patient-care records
provide a more comprehensive view of pre-hospital care than paper
documentation ever could. Reports that used to take months to compile
can now be generated in minutes. This will assist in developing enhanced
procedures and practices for the entire province."
Adds Deborah MacKay, Director of Communications, Dispatch Services
at EHS: "The introduction of electronic patient care reporting over
the upcoming months for both the ground and air components of our system
will truly bring us a step closer to full integration of documentation,
as both groups will be documenting patient care using the same tools and
the same format."
According to Tim Coolen, Vice President, Business Planning, Technologies
for Emergency Medical Care (EMC), the management company contracted to
manage the ground ambulance service, "Not only can
patient care be enhanced through improved documentation and protocol
development based on research, but the long-term administrative benefits
to EHS can be very substantial. This product can help reduce our
operating costs and improve operating efficiency."
Incorporated in 1998, Medusa develops information technology solutions
that improve pre-hospital emergency data capture, increase emergency
medical staff effectiveness in patient care encounters, and ultimately
lead to better pre-hospital emergency treatment protocols. In order to
continuously meet market needs, Medusa collaborates with clinicians and
field paramedics worldwide to ensure the quality and effectiveness of
its leading electronic patient care reporting system remain