- Emergency Medical Services
Quite often, computer technology needs to
be able to follow a medical worker out into the emergency room or a
patient’s rehabilitation room after surgery. In these situations,
pen-based computing can be used to provide a solution which meets the
stringent requirements of the medical profession. Westech Information
Systems, Inc., a Vancouver, BC, company has developed Emergency Medical
Services (EMS), an application that covers the full gamut of activities —
from the time an emergency call is dispatched through to the arrival of the
patient in the emergency room. Vancouver General Hospital and British
Columbia Service (BCS) and 33 other customers in North America are using or
piloting Westech’s application.
The Westech application has three
increase the accuracy and
completeness of patient data
enable data capture at source (that
is, at the time and the location of the emergency)
improve the sharing of patient
information among care givers
On-the-Spot Medical Data Capture
The access to accurate and timely
information is a critical part of delivering quality emergency care.
Westech's EMS makes it possible for paramedic crews to record important
trauma information at the scene for later use by emergency room specialists.
This information includes:
patient demographics, including name,
address, birth date, etc.
patient condition, including state of
consciousness, central nervous system, and cardiovascular system;
condition of head, neck, chest; amount of blood lost; etc.
medical history including past
history, current medications, known allergies, etc.
vital signs, including blood
pressure, pulse, respiration, temperature, etc.
treatment provided, including IVs,
medications, oxygen administered; transportation details;
trauma and scene details.
information about the crew and the
particular call, including information about expenses.
Upon arriving at the hospital, the trauma
team in the emergency room also uses a pen-based system to record vital
signs and other medical information at the patient's bedside. The
information from the paramedics is downloaded to an emergency room computer,
which then displays both sets of data simultaneously to all members of the
team via an overhead monitor.
Benefits of Westech Emergency Medical
It replaces several paper forms that
previously made finding and entering information difficult. It takes less
time to enter all the information, which is entered only once, at the
source. Data can be uploaded for billing and other needs, such as the
production of legal reports.
The graphical user interface was
developed with PenRight. It was originally developed on GRiD™ Convertible
and PalmPad SL pen computers. Westech also supports both keyboard-driven MS
Windows notebooks and Fujitsu pen tablets as device platforms of choice.