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NEWSLETTER The Newsletter of the First Responder Technologies Program

Volume 2 Issue 10 October 2009

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criteria are not met, if the data are not unique to a patient, if a patient does not have medical records, or if a patient is unconscious paramedics cannot access the patient’s history.

Paramedics receive training in the system, but Arkins said it is easy to learn. “Functionally, if you can read and push a button, it’s that simple to use,”he said.

Medusa Medical Technologies and Indianapolis initiated the specialized patient care reporting and data management project ve years ago, Arkins said. The Carmel and Fishers re departments in suburban Indianapolis began testing the software in 2006. Wishard Health Services fully implemented the system in July 2009.

Indiana was the rst state to share medical information from multiple sources this way. Medical recordkeeping systems can dier among hospitals, and sometimes non- compatible systems are used within a single hospital, said Dr. Finnell. The Indianapolis area system collects information in a format that paramedics, doctors, and other medical personnel can share. About 80 percent of the Indianapolis-area agencies and departments that agreed to adopt the system have gained access to the electronic patient records database, Arkins said.

For more information, visit www.wishard.edu or www. regenstrief.org.

A Wishard Health Services paramedic types notes on a computer tablet. Photo courtesy of Wishard Health Services.

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