IEMS’ pioneering EKG record access is in line with this service’s tradition of innovation. It began operations 125 years ago, when the first ambulance was dispatched from Wishard (then City Hospital) to retrieve sick and injured patients. In 1943, Wishard became the first hospital in the U.S. to use two-way radio communication for ambulance dispatch. In 2010, Indianapolis EMS became part of a partnership between the city of Indianapolis and Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), with Wishard serving as IEMS’ supervising hospital.
James Careless is a freelance writer with extensive experience covering computer technologies.