Evolving EMS role currently outpacing evolving technology
The role of Emergency medical services (EMS) has evolved drastically, as they now face both clinical and operational challenges in trying to address the needs of patients. Caregivers experience unpredictable workloads in uncontrolled situations with the expectation they will diagnose, treat and transport patients where necessary. Challenges are exacerbated by lagging technological advancements, particularly in relation to flexibility of use and data acquisition. Monitors and defibrillators are typically bulky and heavy, while data collection remains a predominantly manual and retrospective process. Data automation and more reliable communication capabilities, paired with smaller and lighter monitors, can empower emergency responders to provide care closer to home, avoid unnecessary transports, and better allocate resources, helping to achieve the quadruple aim of improved outcomes, enhanced satisfaction for caregivers and patients, and reduced costs.