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: