Time is of the essence when it comes to patient care during a medical emergency. That's why Harrison County EMS got a new technology called In Motion onBoard System. It should help eliminate down time.
"We're able to take our computers, and be able to be anywhere in the county, and it will streamline data back to our receiving hospital," said Harrison County EMS Executive Director Rick Rock.
This is beneficial to both the paramedics and the hospital staff.
"If there's a patient we've had before, we'll be able to finish all of our patient care run sheets. Then we'll be able to utilize our EKG machines and be able to transmit data back to the hospital so they can get a clear picture of what's going on with the patient out in the field so they'll be able to be prepared when the patient comes into the hospital," said Rock.
This technology will be used in conjunction with existing devices such as computer-aided dispatch, ECG's and electronic patient care reporting.
"Basically it gives them access to all their tools in our tool shed. Just be prepared so that there's no waste in time, no down time," explained Rock.
That means hospital staff can be in place even before emergency crews leave the scene.
The whole system cost $220,000. A FEMA grant paid for $186,000 of it.