If your department provides Emergency Medical Services, then you are probably interested in anything that will help improve patient care, lower liability risk, increase revenues, and help you manage and analyze information better. Electronic Patient Care reporting (ePCR) systems can help you do just that.
An ePCR solution can help you deliver the ultimate service to your citizens – it can save lives. The key components of a good ePCR system are the ability to go beyond replacing paper and provide protocols and guidelines to first responders in the field and to capture all the information generated for a multitude of purposes later on. SafetyPAD EMS Information Systems from Minneapolis, MN makes the SafetyPAD ePCR solution, and it’s a good one.
The SafetyPAD ePCR system has two components - SafetyPAD Mobile and SafetyPAD Enterprise.
SafetyPAD Mobile is used on a ruggedized laptop for patient care and front end data collection. It allows responders to collect, reference, and communicate call and patient information. It also provides customizable patient care protocols and guidelines. This component helps provide better patient care and lowers liability risk. It also collects all the data and information necessary for billing, analysis, reporting, and alerts and sends it to the server.
SafetyPAD Enterprise is a web based server used for data storage, analysis, reporting, and alerts and also supports patient information sharing with hospitals. SafetyPAD BioView and Reconciler applications also reside on the server.
The BioView application can help you spot trends in incidents, patients, or clinical assessments based on your customizable rules and parameters (think H1N1 analysis, find frequent users of the EMS system, etc.). Reconciler will help you make sure you are billing correctly.
Miami Fire & Rescue uses SafetyPAD to establish Active and Interactive Guidelines. They define and require questions, answers and reference materials for clinical parameters and a narrative is generated for each parameter. They have created a Miami Fire & Rescue specific ‘protocol to-do list’. After these guidelines were in place they experienced dramatic improvements in their documented protocol compliance (and no additional training was required).
The following shows the improvement in protocol compliance for Chest Pain complaint/impression:
This is what technology solutions should do for you – help you deliver on your mission.
What Sets Them Apart
SafetyPAD doesn’t just replace a paper EMS form. This is an integrated system to help improve patient care, reduce liability risk, increase revenue, and manage information.
Lt. Sheehan, Cincinnati Fire Department controlled medication officer notes “I don’t have to log on and search for the specific ePCR to verify narcotic usage, it saves me time. [The alerts are pushed to me] so I can have the medication and paperwork ready when the unit comes for replacement, makes the process more efficient”
If one of your goals is to provide the best patient care possible, take a good hard look at SafetyPAD. This solution can help you improve your EMS services in more ways than one.
Company Name: SafetyPAD EMS Information Systems (OPEN Incorporated)
HQ City & ST: 7760 France Avenue South, 11th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55435
Person Interviewed: Scott Streicher, PMP / NREMT-I
Title: Director of Operations
Phone: (888) 415-1399
Web site: www.SafetyPAD.com
Clients Include: Chicago Fire Department, Miami-Dade Fire & Rescue, D.C. Fire and EMS, Boston EMS, Columbus Fire Department, Cincinnati Fire Department and numerous others.
Years in business: Started in 1993