EMS is at a pivotal and impactful time period in its historical timeline. It used to be, the tones go off…you respond to the call…you transport to the hospital. The paradigm in which we operate has seen a shift. We’re not just about “driving fast” and transporting patients anymore. We’re about sustainability, accountability, and quality - all-in-one.
Your role as an EMS administrator, a decision maker, is compounded by options. Which ePCR system should we utilize? Does it communicate with state databases? Is it NEMSIS v3 compliant? Does it help me perform my job better? Can billing services be integrated? What about staffing rosters, vehicle logistics and equipment integration?
When you look at different departments as a silo, you run the risk of systems not communicating with each other which can result in duplication of efforts. It's important to take a step back and look for a solution that can incorporate all of your needs into a single source of information.
Taking data in is just one component of maximizing efficiency, equally as important is utilizing the data you collect to make educated decisions to improve performance which is the basis of sustainability, accountability, and quality in EMS.
A word of caution: Be careful, sometimes free doesn't always mean free and sometimes you get what you pay for.
Want to continue this discussion? Join me on Wednesday, August 29th, as I dig deeper into the return on investment and value behind PCRs, software platforms, and how it can integrate into overall EMS operations via webinar (https://hubs.ly/H0d9sgL0).