On July 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, announced that California’s Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) will receive a grant of $2.75 million over two years to advance health information exchange (HIE) statewide during a disaster and regionally in daily emergency medical services (EMS). This project will establish connections between two community health information organizations (HIOs) or health systems via a secure web portal. When a disaster happens, the web portal will be activated so authorized healthcare professionals can access patient records from outside their own health systems through their existing electronic health record system or through a secure website. Eventually healthcare providers will be able to access electronic health records from all over the state whether they are treating patients in an unfamiliar hospital, an alternate care site or a mobile field hospital. For additional information, click on the article below:
The Hospital Association of Southern California has announced that Linda Tripoli will be retiring in September. Linda is a dear friend of EMSAAC and has been responsible for recruiting most of the outstanding exhibitors and sponsors each year who support our annual conference. In an official announcement, ReddiNet's Soraya Peters wrote, "For 17 years Linda has given her all to ReddiNet and to our customers by providing the support and training you have come to expect. For many of you Linda has been the face of ReddiNet. We will miss her hard work and dedication over the past years! Working with Linda has been an amazing experience and she will leave us all with a lot of great memories."
Norma Lopez will be taking over Linda's responsibilities for ReddiNet support and training. She will be working closely with Linda over the next two months to ensure a smooth transition. EMSAAC wishes Linda every happiness in her well-earned retirement!
Two studies recently published suggest that survival rates for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were better for bystander CPR with an AED than for first responder EMS. One of the studies found that survival-to-discharge rates were best for patients who received bystander CPR and bystander defibrillation. This was followed by bystander CPR with first responder defibrillation. First responder CPR and defibrillation had the lowest survival rate in this study. A link to a summary article is shown below:
Alameda County is re-designing it's EMS system. The ALS provider for much of the county, Paramedics Plus, has encountered serious challenges that have made the current system financially unsustainable. The County has hired Citygate Associates to help guide the system re-design and the development of an RFP based on the new model. A new provider will be selected following a competitive process and is expected to begin service delivery in November 2016.
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Jackie Lowther, MSN, MBA, has been named EMS Director for Santa Clara County EMS Agency. She joined Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in November 2010, and is currently the Director of Critical Care, Emergency Department and Perioperative Nursing. Her career spans 30 years and began in Texas, working as an Emergency Room technician, staff nurse, paramedic, paramedic trainer, and Intensive Care Unit nurse.
Prior to working at SCVMC, Ms. Lowther also served as an Emergency Department Director and Chief Nursing Officer. She has extensive leadership experience in operations management, emergency services, quality and performance improvement, staff development, and physician relations. She has worked for major academic medical centers and community hospitals, in both non-profit and for-profit healthcare systems. Ms. Lowther is also the current president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, South Bay Chapter.
The California EMS Authority is pleased to announce that June Iljana has been selected to coordinate Health Information Exchange stakeholder engagement and outreach activities. June brings her extensive experience to this position with a strong knowledge of EMS stakeholders and an ability to communicate a shared vision about health information exchange for EMS.
June most recently served as the Executive Director of the California Ambulance Association, and previous to that as Deputy Director at EMSA. She has also worked at the California Health and Human Services Agency as Assistant Associate Secretary for External Affairs.
On behalf of Santa Clara County EMS Agency, thank you for all your help with our recent ambulance fee study in May 2015. Results will be posted on EMSAAC's website when it becomes available.
Sacramento County’s Department of Health and Human Services, Primary Health Services Division is very pleased to announce the appointment of David Magnino as EMS Administrator, effective May 31, 2015. Mr. Magnino has been Acting EMS Administrator since the retirement of Bruce Wagner last year.
Prior to his work with Sacramento County EMS, he served 30 years with the California Highway Patrol. In 2013 he was Project Coordinator for the California EMS Authority's Health Information Exchange (HIE) Conference held in November 2013. EMSAAC congratulates Dave on his newest appointment!
Michael Petrie has accepted an interim appointment as EMS Director for Monterey County EMS Agency, effective April 27th. Previously, Mike has served both as EMS Director for Santa Clara County EMS and EMS Administrator for San Francisco EMS. In Monterey he succeeds Kirk Schmitt, who recently left the Agency to take a position with the Provincial Health Services Authority in Vancouver, British Columbia. EMSAAC wishes both of our colleagues the very best in their new roles.