Improving emergency communications
MedEMR is an app developed by JR Analytics for medical professionals and paramedics to provide prehospital notifications to the destination hospitals during patient transfers from one hospital to another or from trauma site to hospitals. The app collects ambulance dispatch details, basic patient identifiers, vital sings and push derived information to designated receivers.
The mobile application can be accessed by an emergency medical technician via a unique login and registration.
How to use MedEMR App
There are two options to use MedEMR App.
Option 1- Use the app while transferring a patient from trauma site or home to hospital. Email a summary through the app to the destination hospital.
Option 2- Use the app while transferring a patient from trauma site or home to hospital. Email a summary through the app to the destination hospital that gets updated on a dashboard or webpage hosted by the destination hospital.
MedEMR helps medical professionals and paramedics to provide prehospital notifications to the destination hospitals during patient transfers from one hospital to another or from trauma site to hospitals. The app collects ambulance dispatch details, basic patient identifiers, patient's observations that can be emailed to the destination hospital or available on a dashboard.
Watch the video to understand the use of MedEMR App
Prehospital notification of the impending arrival of a patient requiring emergency care is seen as an integral component of an advanced prehospital care system. The effect of prehospital notification has been evaluated in many areas of healthcare including stroke, coronary heart disease and, trauma. Prehospital notification alone has been found to be independently associated with reduced mortality in trauma centres*.
The prehospital notification provides the opportunity for the receiving hospital to improve preparedness for reception and resuscitation of a critically injured or unwell patient. The information communicated may include the estimated arrival time, patient demographics, suspected injuries, vital signs, symptoms and any treatments provided in the prehospital setting. Some notification is common in highly developed trauma systems, usually by radio to the triage desk of the receiving hospital, although standards have not been set for the format or content of communicated information.
In India, patients are brought to the hospital by various means, for example, in Delhi 42% of the 9021 seriously injured were transported by Delhi Police, whereas only 2% were transported by ambulance in 2014*. Prehospital notification is not a common thing in India but is theoretically possible because most prehospital and hospital staff carry personal mobile phones that may also be used for communication.
*Mitra B, Mathew J, Gupta A et al. Protocol for a prospective observational study to improve prehospital notification of injured patients presenting to trauma centres in India. BMJ Open. 2017:7e014073.