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.
“Emergency medical service personnel are increasingly sharing that the rising demands placed on first responders coupled with the challenging and diverse cases they see require improved technology to meet patient needs,” said Arman Voskerchyan, General Manager for Therapeutic Care at Philips. “Emergency care is no longer just about resuscitation—there are higher incidences of cardiovascular disease, increasing co-morbidities, and a rapidly growing aging population. With these changes, EMS providers need better access to data and resources to help them adapt and equip them with the information needed to save lives.”
Making its debut in the U.S. at HIMSS 2020, the solution has already been in use in Europe, helping care teams spot life-threatening conditions remotely, improve accuracy of support from on-scene crews, and enhance tailoring of in-hospital care based on pre-hospital physiology.