Premier Health & first responders aim to improve communication

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Premier Health is partnering with first responders to improve the transfer of patient information.

The health network says relaying documents from paramedics to hospital staff more rapidly could help save lives.

Whether it’s a heart attack or a car crash, patient records go into an online system that works as a two way street.

First responders upload the data they collected while transporting a patient to the hospital. Staff at the hospital can upload information on the patient during their stay in the emergency room. Both sides can access the data in the system.

Medical Director of Premier Health EMS Center of Excellence, Dr. Randy Marriott says it’s all about improving communication between EMS and hospital staff when it comes to patient records.

“Patients win because the treating physicians have that information,” Dr. Marriott said. “They have a record of what occurred on the scene what treatments were given prior to their arrival at the hospital. Many times, they’re life saving.”

It’s a six-month pilot program that officials say will benefit the hospital, first responders, and patients.

“The problem that spurred this was at one point, we were losing too many EMS reports, unfortunately, or they were not being placed into the medical records in a timely fashion,” Dr. Marriott said.

Premier Health said in a news release: Hospital staff having access to information from EMS, faster, will improve bedside decision-making.

EMS agencies in Dayton, Tipp City, and Englewood are among those who signed on for the new pilot program.

Paramedic Instructor at firefighter at the Dayton Fire Department, Dominika Kozlowski said paramedics can use the information uploaded by hospital staff so they’re better prepared for similar emergencies.

“It lets us know how the patients basically are doing from the point of where we see them in the pre-hospital setting to when they get discharged home,” Kozlowski said. 

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