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Is Google Technology Stepping Into the Medical Field? Google Glass Is Being Tested In EDs and the EMS Field

The innovative technology product, Google Glass, is currently being tested for use by physicians in the Seattle area, according to a video posted by USA Today. Emergency department (ED) physician Carl Spitzer, MD, and CEO of Healium, a Seattle-based startup that created an app that syncs medical information with Google Glass, explains the usefulness of the product.

CMS Offers Advice to States to Help Curb ED Crowding

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an Informational Bulletin describing their efforts to reduce non-urgent emergency department (ED) use and improve on delivering appropriate care in the most appropriate settings. CMS has collaborated with states in order to reduce costs and improve patient experience.

The Informational Bulletin summarizes three strategies that aim to deliver appropriate care in the appropriate setting. This will help curb the problem of patients overcrowding EDs with non-urgent visits. The three strategies are:

Just Released: 2013/2014 Ambulance Industry Report

The Abaris Group has released its updated report on the ambulance industry. 2013 saw pivotal changes and this comprehensive white paper looks at these changes along with what to expect in the future.

Click HERE for more information. 


Non-Emergency Department Interventions to Reduce ED Utilization: A Systematic Review

Hospitals are constantly trying to reduce the number of visitors in the Emergency Department in order to lower costs and improve the quality of care. Many strategies have been tested and implemented including preventative efforts.

A systematic review conducted by Jesse Pines, M.D., director of the Office of Clinical Practice Innovation and professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, researched the types of interventions that had been implemented outside of EDs that were designed to reduce ED use.

Too Many Trauma Centers?

The Abaris Group recently conducted a comparison of the number of trauma centers in the United States in 2002 versus the number of trauma centers to date. It was found that was a substantial increase in the number of trauma centers since 2002. In 2002, there were 1,154 state designated and American Trauma Society (ATS) verified trauma centers in the US. Currently, there are 1,912 trauma centers in the US (see table below).

Session Two: Show Me The Money! Financing for a Community Paramedicine Program

Please join us for a conversation between Mike Williams of The Abaris Group and Matt Zavadsky of MedStar while they discuss the basics of financing needed for a community paramedicine program. To view the recording, please click here.

For a list of current ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations), please click here.

Time for Community Paramedicine Programs to be used in California?

A report published in July of 2013 by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) looked at community based health care systems and the benefits and challenges that arise from implementing them. After covering the history/scope of EMS systems and health care environments in California, the UC Davis IPHI recommends that community-based pilot programs be launched that see the role of paramedicine services being expanded. To support their stance, they cite case studies of three communities with community based health care programs.

Webcast -- Transforming an EMS Delivery System: Mobile Health Care

This 90-minute webcast focuses on transforming your EMS delivery system to achieve true compatibility with the triple aim of health care reform, improving care, and cost and quality. An overview of the many innovations that are being explored across the country with an emphasis on “Mobile Health Care” are included. In addition, this webcast discusses specific strategies for EMS providers, other health providers and payers to develop “win-win” strategies within the changing health reform landscape. 

New Service Taking ED Telemedicine to the Next Level

In the ever changing realms of health care and technology, a new and innovative product is taking telemedicine to the next level. Stat Doctors, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is a telemedicine service that allows patients to meet with a physician via video-conference at any time, any place. Patients can speak with doctors via computer, tablet or mobile smart phone - anywhere they have an internet connection. The service is aimed at serving patients with less acute cases such as flu, ear infections, and allergies.