Baystate Health pilots real-time patient data sharing app with EMS

Baystate Health partnered with General Devices to pilot a mobile application, which streamlines the exchange of heart attack patients' information between EMS and emergency department clinicians at the Springfield, Mass.-based health system, according to MassLive

The GD e-Bridge mobile app supports communication between paramedics and Baystate Medical Center's ED and ST-elevation myocardial infarction specialists via text, photos, audio, video and live streaming. Paramedics can use the app to notify Baystate personnel in real-time so clinicians can prepare for the patient pre-ED handoff.

Being able to prepare for the patient's arrival to the cardiac catheterization lab ahead of time allows Baystate ED and STEMI clinicians to perform the individual's angioplasty more quickly. Baystate Medical Center's cardiac catheterization lab treats more than 350 STEMI patients annually.

"With our high STEMI volumes, we wanted to make outcomes even better for our patients and that's where e-Bridge really shines," said Nathan Stanaway, clinical business manager for mobile care & EMS at Baystate Health, according to the report. "With the app, we have real-time patient information that empowers us to treat patients faster upon ED arrival."

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