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Fire and Rescue going High-tech
David Layman, Fire – EMS Chief
Office: (804)633-9831 or email: email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2010
Caroline, Virginia – Beginning March 15th, Caroline Fire and Rescue EMS responders will have a new partner in pre-hospital care with them on every call. Ambulance providers will transition from paper reporting and begin using a new electronic patient records system. This software, developed by Image Trend Technologies through funding from the Virginia Office of Health, will capture critical patient care information for use by responders and hospital emergency room personnel. The software is enhanced with many tools that will help responders give quality patient care. Some of these features include automatic drug dose calculations and instant access to medical protocols. The system allows for near real time secure reporting between Caroline, the Commonwealth, and area hospitals.
The software will run on rugged Panasonic Tough Book tablet computers. The Department acquired both the software and computers through a $50,000 no-match grant. The Department is especially proud that no local taxpayer funds were used in the acquisition of this new system. “We are extremely excited about the capabilities of this new system. Not only will it stream line our quality assurance and revenue collection, but it will also reduce our overall operating costs by eliminating a large amount of the printing and copying associated with paper reports and records” said Fire – EMS Chief David Layman.
These streamlined processes and cost savings associated with this project are part of a larger effort by the Department of Fire and Rescue to consolidate emergency functions within Caroline. Other processes such as centralized equipment purchases and aggressively seeking grant opportunities are contributing to our overall fiscal improvement goals.
For more information, contact the Department of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Management at (804) 633-9831.