Imagine a relative living alone and out of state experiencing a medical event that requires 911 being called. Will the crews on scene know of this relative's heart condition? Who her doctor is or where her family can be located? The answer is yes, if the community has invested in EMS Data Systems' MedHiscan System.
With MedHiscan, a population of individuals completes a simple scannable survey. The information is then scanned and a report verifying the persons information is generated and sent to them periodically for any medical or personal updating.
In the event of a medical or traumatic event to that persons home, the MedHiscan system information gets temporarily downloaded to the responding crews' Mobile Data Terminal (MDT), Palm PilotTM, or similar device. The information deciphers which person at the residence requires assistance, and displays any and all pertinent medical or personal information including allergies, conditions, physician names, preferred hospital as well as emergency contact information. All of this with simply the dialing of the phone and the presence of the MedHiscan System.
In addition to providing pertinent information on patients, the database also serves to provide information on the population itself, all while maintaining medical confidentiality. For instance, a community can determine the number of patients who are diabetics, and increase EMS training in that area, or the number of cardiac patients living within a specific area for purposes of defibrillator funding & placement.
Medical History is important, and in a number of US communities, its saving lives.
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