NEWSLETTER The Newsletter of the First Responder Technologies Program
Volume 2 • Issue 10 • October 2009
Handheld Histories (continued)
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 dier 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.