EMS in the Cloud

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According to the Gartner Hype Cycle for 2010, “Cloud Computing” and “Cloud/Web Platforms” have reached the infamous “Peak of Inflated Expectations” and are already sliding down like a fog into the unavoidable “Trough of Disillusionment”. But the story doesn’t end there as the cloud is expected to rise back upward and eventually reach the ultimate “Plateau of […]

HP-EMS Profile: Sedgwick County EMS

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It has been much more than a month, but we will return to featuring a monthly profile of High Performance EMS sites in order to inspire others to reach beyond just compliant services to provide advanced out-of-hospital care while focusing on improved efficiency. This time, our spotlight is on Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Service of Kansas. The […]

GIS for EMS

Both acronyms (GIS and EMS) represent not just technologies, but fields of study and service that have very old roots even though each can trace their modern form to research starting in the 1960s.  Both have witnessed explosive growth and application far beyond their original vision.  But most importantly, these two names definitely belong together. Those […]

Preparedness Reminder

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I know that today is the last day of National Preparedness Month, but preparedness is not seasonal and these videos are great reminders of what we can do to be prepared for ourselves, our families, and our communities.  I hope you never need to know anything they teach, but ask that you look through them […]

Social Media – To Filter or Not to Filter?

I have to admit that I didn’t notice when the DC Fire/EMS Twitter account feed went silent on August 30.  A fact that I continued not to recognize until I read the article “#Silence: Fire and EMS Twitter Feed to be ‘Filtered’” broadcast in a tweet just this morning.  According to Chief Kenneth Ellerbe in a press […]

Quick Thoughts from TriCON 2011

I apologize that these “quick thoughts” are actually being posted after this conference has ended, but I will blame the fact that the TriTech organizers, namely Jenny Clavero, kept us busy the entire time in Boston.  Attendance was similar to last year with around 230 people but it was made up of a slightly different […]

Measured Response to Response Measures

In conversations lately I have been hearing more diverging opinions on measuring EMS response ranging all the way from it being a definitive criteria to saying  it shouldn’t be considered at all. A recorded example of such a discussion is a recent blogtalkradio episode by “EMS Office Hours”.  While certainly appearing to be diametrically opposing […]

Dynamic System Status Management

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System Status Management (SSM) is the fluid deployment of ambulances based on the hour-of-the-day and day-of-the-week in order to match supply, defined as Unit Hours of Utilization (UHU), with expected demand, expressed as calls for service, in the attempt to provide faster response by locating ambulances at “posts” nearer their next calls.  While the practice […]

Quick Thoughts from Pinnacle EMS 2011

Good crowd this year of nearly 400 EMS leaders from around the country to share best practices on EMS leadership and performance.  Unfortunately, I arrived a little late yesterday but still managed to get involved in some of the roundtable discussions on “Key Questions for Critical Decisions” where attendees spent 30 minutes at a table […]

Quick Thoughts from the Esri UC 2011

The Esri User Conference in San Diego each summer is the largest GIS event of the year and there was certainly no disappointment this week as the biggest crowd ever gathered for the first day plenary sessions. According to Jack Dangermond, founder and president, the plenary held over 14,000 people with more than 15,000 expected […]

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