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Emergency services

Nova Scotia pilots EMR system in ambulances

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 care."

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."

About Medusa
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 second-to-none.

 

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