Medusa and EHS Introduce Electronic Patient Care Reporting to Nova Scotia Ambulances



    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, June 15 /CNW/ -- Medusa Medical Technologies Inc.
(Medusa) announced today that its flagship electronic patient care reporting
software, the Siren ePCR(TM) Suite, is currently being implemented in a pilot
program for ground ambulances operated by Emergency Health Services Nova
Scotia (EHS). Upon completion of the pilot program, the Siren ePCR Suite will
be in all 150 of EHS' ground ambulances, as well as in both LifeFlight air
ambulances, and more than 800 paramedics will have been trained by EHS to use
the system.
    The Siren ePCR(TM) Suite is an electronic patient care reporting system
that improves the speed and accuracy with which paramedics can record patient
information while in an ambulance en route to hospital.  With the system,
patient data is recorded quicker and more accurately than with pencil and
paper.  Ultimately, Siren allows paramedics to spend less time documenting
patients' ailments, and more time treating them.  The user-friendliness of
Siren has resulted in high rates of acceptance from paramedics.  After
participating in the pilot program, Peter Cholock, an EHS paramedic, told
Medusa that "Siren has been received more positively than I could have ever
imagined."
    Adds Chris d'Entremont, Minister of Health, "Good patient care requires
good information.  This new system will help paramedics track a patient's
condition and treatment decisions quicker and more accurately, allowing
paramedics to focus more time on patient care."
    Medusa's contract with EHS positions Nova Scotia as Canada's first
province to offer all of its residents the benefits of a complete electronic
patient care solution in a pre-hospital/out of hospital emergency services
environment.  Until now, this kind of technology was only available in a few
major cities.  And while putting Nova Scotia on the forefront of patient care
reporting in Canada, the initiative will also create advances in pre-hospital
emergency medicine for EHS.  The Siren ePCR Suite includes data analysis tools
that will allow EHS to generate reports to measure the performance of the
system.  Says Medusa president & CEO, Scott Campbell, "Digital patient care
records provide a more comprehensive view of pre-hospital care than paper
documentation ever could.  Reports that used to take months to compile can now
be generated in minutes.  This will assist in developing enhanced procedures
and practices for the entire province."
    Adds Deborah MacKay, Director of Communications & Dispatch Services at
EHS, "The introduction of electronic patient care reporting over the upcoming
months for both the ground and air components of our system will truly bring
us a step closer to full integration of documentation, as both groups will be
documenting patient care using the same tools and the same format".
    According to Tim Coolen, Vice President, Business Planning & Technologies
for Emergency Medical Care (EMC), the management company contracted to manage
the ground ambulance service, "Not only can patient care be enhanced through
improved documentation and protocol development based on research, but the
long-term administrative benefits to EHS can be very substantial.  This
product can help reduce our operating costs and improve operating efficiency."

    
    About Medusa
    
    Incorporated in 1998, Medusa develops information technology solutions
that improve pre-hospital emergency data capture, increase emergency medical
staff effectiveness in patient care encounters, and ultimately lead to better
pre-hospital emergency treatment protocols.  In order to continuously meet
market needs, Medusa collaborates with clinicians and field paramedics
worldwide to ensure the quality and effectiveness of its leading electronic
patient care reporting system remain second-to-none.





For further information:

For further information: Chrystal Gay of Medusa Medical Technologies
Inc.,  +1-902-429-2496, media@medusamedical.com Web Site:
http://www.medusamedical.com

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