Category Archives: Technology & Communications

What Twitter, and These EMS Influencers, Mean to Me

The thing I love most about conferences is the unexpected things I learn. Like everyone else, I attend certain sessions on topics I need to know more about, but in-between these official talks there are millions of opportunities (casual conversations) to hear things I never knew I needed to know. To me, this is the […]

Influencing Paramedics on Twitter

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I like lists. They are typically neat and definitive. I am sure that my friend @ChecklistMedic would agree that they also help bring order to the chaos that often defines our work in the field. For those of us trying to leverage social media to keep current on EMS thought (or “Community Paramedicine” or “Mobile […]

Quick Thoughts from EMS Today 2014

It was an incredible week of learning at EMS Today 2014, … I will fill you in on the highlights of my personal experience.

How Far is Richmond from Jersey City?

The basic disagreement is whether EMS is fundamentally a “service” provided as cost effectively as possible, or is it an “asset” to be nurtured for the health of its people and its economy.

An EMS Wake-up Call

I would like to paraphrase John Lennon in saying that “Your career is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

Quick Thoughts from NENA 2013

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Okay, now that you know what really happened [at the NENA 2013 conference], here is my take.

What is “Performance” in EMS? Part 3

Even if you do not subscribe to the idea of such significant change to subsidized out of hospital care, there are other potentials for community involvement that will pragmatically improve the effectiveness of emergency care such as empowering bystanders to act.

What is “Performance” in EMS? Part 1

One aspect of improving performance is responding appropriately in less time – not necessarily just responding “faster.” Technology must be evaluated by “outcome” just as patient treatments are being qualified and improved.

A New Danger in EMS?

I read an article this morning where Winnipeg declared Cellphones off limits for firefighters, paramedics with only some surprise.  Sure there are the embarrassments like the Texas Firefighter Charged With Taking Secret Bathroom Pics who need to be drummed out of the system.  And I understand that new technology can be a scary thing – especially from a legal […]

Quick thoughts from TriCON 2012

The theme for the TriCON 2012 conference in San Diego was “Breaking Barriers” and that is certainly what TriTech presented during the plenary yesterday regarding their next generation dispatch system and their consolidation of recent business acquisitions.  The crowd was clearly the biggest ever for this conference at about 430 users.  A show of hands […]

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