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NPSTC Survey Seeks to Study Prehospital Telemedicine

Apr 06, 2015

The EMS Working Group of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) is currently studying the use of prehospital (EMS) mobile telemedicine. A new nationwide public safety broadband network, called FirstNet, will allow EMTs and paramedics to access a dedicated high speed data network. This new network will allow secure live video, pictures, text and patient data or vital signs telemetry to be shared with receiving physicians, hospitals and trauma centers, in addition to automated crash telemetry sensor data that is becoming standard on many vehicles. The EMS Working Group is examining the operational use cases for prehospital telemedicine (video and picture images). While the field of video conferencing and multi-media messaging technology is advancing quickly, there is no consensus in the healthcare community on how it should be used most effectively. This survey is one step to help determine how video and images might be used in the prehospital patient care setting. Click here to participate. The survey will close on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.