Florida fire department buys technology that shares patient info in real time to hospitals during emergencies

  • Source: WINK-TV CBS 11 Fort Myers
  • Published: 01/22/2021 12:00 AM

State of the art technology that can help save lives when seconds count is now in Southwest Florida. A patient’s information can be sent directly to a doctor in real time. We learned how this will help evaluate medical emergencies before arriving at the ER. North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District recently bought new technology that helps paramedics get patient information to hospitals before they show up. “The 65 and overs that arrived by an ambulance, 45% of them didn’t even need to be admitted into the hospital,” Deputy Fire Chief Jorge Aguilera said. “So if you can imagine what they determine is there’s potential savings of over $559 million each year to the health care cost.” Instead, when doctors receive information before the patient arrives in front of them, they could start assessing vitals, looking at injury diagrams or even see video from inside the ambulance to make real-time assessments.


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