Save 3k Staff Hours Annually:
Sumter County, FL

Although budgets aren’t as tight they have been in recent years, the tax dollars allocated to first responders are still not enough to make chiefs stop looking for ways to be more efficient. Doing more with less is simply the new norm. The challenge here is to find ways to keep - or even improve - operational readiness levels while also looking for savings in the budget. As such, personnel and equipment cuts are the absolute last options to be considered, while other strategies aren’t so apparent. There are, however, great potential savings in taking an honest look at things that are keeping your teams from doing their primary jobs. For the Sumter County (FL) Fire and Emergency Services (SCFES), we saw the ability to streamline our patient reporting process as a way to save resources. Continue Reading...

Source: Dept. Chief Stephen Kennedy

Implementing ePCR:
Spokane, WA

In our constant effort to improve patient care services and public safety, the Spokane Fire Department launched an electronic Patient Care Reporting (ePCR) system on April 7. Replacing a traditional paper report, the ePCR system allows the department to provide rapid, appropriate and timely response based on current conditions in the field. This integration lessens our administrative overhead and streamlines our emergency response processes; allowing us to provide top-level service to citizens while saving tax payer dollars.
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Boost Collections by 40%:
Cincinnati, OH

The tough book ePCR platform included in the McKesson contract—SafetyPAD, which is manufactured by Minneapolis-based Open Inc.—represents a best-of-breed application capable of recording essential encounter and demographic information to populate the billing system. Significantly, McKesson is the only billing company with access to the SafetyPAD database server. This access allows for tighter integration of the ePCR software into the billing process. CFD reports that EMS revenues have improved by 40% over the first 12 months of the partnership.
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Source: McKESSON

SafetyPAD Mobile:
Hennepin County, Minneapolis MN

When an ambulance is dispatched, the onboard tablet computer captures initial information from the 911 call. At the scene, paramedics use it to record patient data including symptoms and vital signs like heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. The system also uses a database to provide on-scene EMS personnel with additional guidance in documentation requirements which vary depending on the type of emergency. The SafetyPAD system generates complete real-time electronic reports and sends the information to the emergency room so hospital personnel can be ready for the patient. Continue Reading...

Source: DRS Technologies

SafetyPAD Agent:
All Clients

2009, SafetyPAD staff took the lead on establishing an H1N1 review group amongst agency medical directors and other key staff from sites such as DCFEMS, Miami, Boston, Minneapolis, etc.  Within a day of the committee’s criteria definitions to monitor H1N1 trends, all sites utilizing the SafetyPAD Agent system had an array of H1N1-sensitive alerts continuously monitoring real-time all cases captured by the SafetyPAD system active to spot trends of potential H1N1 cases.  The Agent system has proved invaluable to agencies as it proactively pushes critical details to applicable staff in real time (not hours, days, or weeks later).

Interactive Protocols:
Miami, FL

Active and Interactive Protocols is a clinical data collection and referencing framework, allowing agencies to define and require questions, answers and reference materials for any clinical parameter without modifying the source code or user interface. A narrative is generated for each parameter. Essential an agency definable ‘protocol to-do list’.   Once Interactive Protocols was enacted at Miami Fire & Rescue, dramatic changes occurred in their documented protocol compliance, yet no additional training was required. Continue reading...

Custom CAD Interface:
Miami, FL

Miami Fire-Rescue provides a ‘feed’ of incident and associated unit event updates into a structured database within seconds of the events occurring.  The SafetyPAD CAD interpreter service continuously monitors this database for any updates to incidents.  Any new dispatch details for relevant units is processed and sent to any applicable apparatus via the SafetyPAD message center.  This ‘push’ of dispatch data to mobile devices occurs within seconds of the event and is automatic. In addition, additional logic is available to automatically ‘create’ SafetyPAD ePCR records for certain responding units that may have normally been required to generate an incident record.  The SafetyPAD message center also archives all applicable CAD data so that it can be used to ensure one to one matching of any applicable unit dispatched to an incident with its SafetyPAD ePCR.

Custom Clinical Alerting:
D.C. Fire and EMS

SafetyPAD provided D.C. Fire & EMS a tool that provide near real-time notification for its ‘Street Calls Program’.  Through SafetyPAD’s Agent clinical alerting, the department was able to not only quickly identify who the top frequent users of 911 emergency transports but provided a platform for alerting via email and text messaging to program administrators. In 2010 there were 30 people who called DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services a total of more than 2,000 times. So paramedics set out to see what the problem was, and how to solve it.  The department has been using SafetyPAD electronic patient care reporting system since 2008. Continue reading...

Application Programming Interface (API):
Cincinnati, OH

Automated interface to provide data to Cincinnati city agencies

SafetyPAD team provides an automated data feed via a custom developed Application Programming Interface. The original automated surveillance system was implemented for Cincinnati's drinking water contamination warning system to monitor health-related 911 calls in the city of Cincinnati in 2004 and was in place when the Cincinnati Fire Department implemented SafetyPAD electronic patient care reporting in late 2011. Data in an .xml format is sent via a ‘stream’ for inclusion in the water analysis data.  The surveillance system uses information data documented on patient care reports by Cincinnati Fire & EMS personnel to assist with the analysis to detect potential water contamination incidents. Continue reading...

CAD Reconciliation:
Columbus, OH

The Columbus Fire Department team along with on-site personnel from Med3000 (billing vendor) use the SafetyPAD CAD Reconciler daily.  This web-based tool ensures that each report is captured and sent and operationally accurate. The SafetyPAD Reconciliation tool is utilized to reconcile incidents received from CAD with the PCR’s received from the SafetyPAD mobiles. This ensures that every unit dispatched to an incident has a corresponding PCR in the SafetyPAD Database.  This tool has provided the agency with near real-time data on which reports remain to be completed and closed/sent.  The CAD Reconciler provides flexibility to filter incident types, units, etc.  “It only takes 4-5 transports not submitted to quickly add up to lost revenue for the agency” noted Scott Streicher, Director of Operations for SafetyPAD.  Prior to implementing SafetyPAD CAD Reconciler, there was a daily struggle involving reporting from multiple systems to identify which runs had not yet been submitted” said Aaron Reedy EMS IT Manager for MED3000. MED3000 took over the billing contract several years ago. With the teamwork between OPEN staff and MED3000, Columbus has seen significantly higher revenues since the transition to M3K and SafetyPAD.

Stroke Study:
Boston, MA

SafetyPAD client, Boston EMS participates in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Control Program (HSPC).  HSPC provides leadership across the state in the areas of: Heart Disease, Stroke and Related Risk Factors.

HSPC provides education and quality improvement; creates partnerships; and promotes evidence-based changes at the policy and environmental levels to reduce disparities, disease, disability, and death.

SafetyPAD ePCR custom extractor was developed to provide data to Boston EMS and Clinical Care Systems Inc.  (CCSI).  CCSI is a Healthcare Information Technology company focused on providing decision support tools at several points in the care delivery process and the management of the care delivery. Critical data that is captured by Boston EMS field providers is automatically pass to CCSI. CCSI analysis apply predictions based on mathematical models (predictive instruments) along with specialized presentation to simplify complex medical device data, disparate hospital & emergency medical service (EMS) patient data, and disparate operational data into "actionable knowledge" For both real-time clinical use and for monitoring and feedback for continuous improvement. In conjunction with SafetyPAD provides an automated process to extract all possible stroke patients from the over 120,000 patient care reports handled by the system annually and passes via secure methods to the CCSI group for analysis and follow-up.

MCI Management
Prince William County, VA

SafetyPAD was one of many tools used by Prince William County Fire & Rescue (PWCFR) to manage a large scale incident such as 150th Anniversary of The First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run. The National Park Service and the City of Manassas held a series of commemorative events July 21-24, 2011 presenting the varied perspectives of Federal and Confederate soldiers, civilians, slaves, and freed African Americans. More than 27,000 re-enactors and spectators descended on Prince William County and Manassas over the four-day commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run, according to Discover Prince William & Manassas.

Record heat that hit the area and the rest of the East Coast, with nearly 300 people attending the events being treated at medical tents on-site, with 13 of those people transported to Prince William Hospital for further treatment. All were treated and released the same day and all crew members utilized SafetyPAD to provide near real time updates to Prince William Fire and Rescue Chiefs. 

PWCFR also used SafetyPAD Agent to alert planning officers for any patient transported. Temperatures exceeded 105 degrees on Saturday and nearly topped the century-mark again on Sunday, but many of the 40 scheduled events went on as planned.

Re-enactors carried appropriate equipment and weaponry and provided living history for visitors in addition to performing a recreation of the battle that signaled the start of the Civil War 150 years ago.

Current Agencies
who have chosen SafetyPAD

  • Chicago Fire Department
  • Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
  • Washington D.C. Fire EMS
  • Columbus Division of Fire
  • Cincinnati Fire Department
  • City of Miami Fire Rescue
  • Prince William County Fire Rescue
  • Boston EMS

        ...and many more

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