Posts Tagged ‘EMS’

An interesting article and report! This is how information technology is helping transform healthcare systems: http://goo.gl/hYpr6. “The report was the result of three meetings held in the summer and fall of 2010, bringing together researchers, computer scientists, privacy experts, clinicians, healthcare administrators, health IT professionals, representatives of patient advocacy groups, healthcare policymakers, and other stakeholders.”

The goal is to bring about the “emergence of a digital infrastructure that allows data collected during activities in various settings — clinical, research, and public health — to be integrated, analyzed, and broadly applied (‘collect once, use for multiple purposes’) to inform and improve clinical care decisions, promote patient education and self-management, design public health strategies, and support research and knowledge development efforts in a timely manner.” – Anthony Guerra, InformationWeek

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Hope this won’t be the case with our new clinical EMR systems that we’re working on setting up 🙂

 

Medic Mobile is out! I gotta say that I’m loving this great tool and platform and can definitely see the potential for it in rural and developing parts of the world. I would love to get my hands on a project to implement this. Here’s is what the development team has to say about it:

“Our approach is about tools that can be appropriated and adapted by health workers all over the globe, many of whom have little support from professional IT staff.

Mobile phones play an increasingly integral role in daily life in the developing world and some of our greatest global health challenges can be addressed through connectivity. Medic is seizing this opportunity by developing software, hardware, implementation strategies and impact analysis in mobile health.

The same team of FrontlineSMS with the same open source tools, have re-branded FrontlineSMS:Medic in their unique approach to mHealth.

Oh and it gets even better with providing a simple interface for an EHR, and it’s called PatientView

Site: http://medicmobile.org/

Big Shoutout to the team! You all are AWESOME 🙂

This is an amazing video with a powerful message!! Buckle-up everybody 🙂

After attending a LoYAC function to raise funds for Haiti in Mishref, I was driving home at about 11 pm and while on Road 20something (Between Mishref and Bayan after the gas station – See Google map above), all lanes were slow and traffic was bad. I thought it was an accident and I was right! As I passed the accident, I saw a middle-aged man on the floor by the car and blood was surrounding him!! I quickly pulled to a safe-side on the curb ahead and ran to the victim while getting my first-aid kit.

When I got to the victim, a man wearing dishdasha appeared was trying to figure out where or not the victim has pulse and was on a high-tech walkie-talkie calling an ambulance. Police from Bayan Police station were at the scene when I arrived. I came to the victim and started asking the guy if I can help, but he was occupied with pulse and being on the walkie-talkie. I checked and there seemed no signs of breathing, the light/pupil test to check for responsiveness didn’t even work (not that this would be a valuable test even, but given the scene and situation, that’s all I could’ve done)!!! I feared the guy to be dead since he looked pale and his skin felt a bit cold.

There was a debate between the police and ambulance because if the guy had pulse (alive) that he must be rushed to a hospital, if he had no pulse (dead) then this would be a crime scene and CSI folks must come and do their work before the body is taken away to the morgue. The decision was made SLOWLY, but we lifted the guy, put him on to the gurney, and then off to the ambulance and to the hospital.

I stayed for another 2 hours organizing traffic since the victim’s car swerved and took out a palm tree!!!

There was oil and gasoline spill all over the street and we waited for the fire-fighters to come and hose down the road and clear it from the spilled gasoline, oil, and coolant. Yeah, the two hour wait was fun and interesting! The fire-fighters’ wireless system was down, and Police Operations Center forgot to call them!!

The sad news came before we left the scene that the guy passed away. My details were taken and I might serve as a witness to the case should an extensive investigation be opened!

Slowdown people, buckle-up and when you pass an accident DON’T STOP AND WATCH unless you have something to offer! May the man’s soul rest in peace.

“According to Phil Baumann, a health and social media blogger and former clinical nurse, medical professionals and patients can use Twitter for:

  • Biomedical device data capture and reporting
  • Diabetes management
  • Diagnostic brainstorming
  • Disaster alerts and response
  • Disease tracking and resource connection
  • Dissemination of infant care information
  • Drug safety alerts from FDA
  • Post-discharge consultations and follow-up
  • Shift-bidding for health workers
  • Smoking cessation support” – iHealthBeat.org

Now with phones being smart and have GPS integration capabilities, people have been using Google maps for example to locate friends and loved-ones. Applications have been developed to show you the nearest restaurant or entertainment outlets, but iPhones just took this up a notch! An iPhone application is now out that will help locate diseases near you. This can be especially helpful for public health officials and those worried to get a certain disease. Who wouldn’t be, right!

Outbreaks Near Me is a location-aware application for the iPhone based on the free HealthMap epidemiological web service, which allows users to access disease-outbreak information. But the mobile version, released today, one-ups its cord-bound counterpart: Users can contribute signs that public health trouble is afoot in what the organization is calling “participatory epidemiology.”” – Alexis Madrigal, Wired.com