Tri-State Ambulance Enhances Strategic Deployment

Mobile communications platform supports latest EMS technology and applications


March 7, 2012

LA CROSSE, WI and VANCOUVER, BC—In Motion Technology, the leader in mobile networking systems, announced today that Tri-State Ambulance, sole 9-1-1 advanced life support provider for the Seven Rivers Region, is enhancing their overall strategic deployment of emergency medical services with the onBoard Mobile Gateway.

Tri-State Ambulance's service area covers nearly 2,200 square miles and a population of approximately 150,000. Tri-State Ambulance proudly serves southwest Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa, and offers the most advanced pre-hospital patient care available to thousands of patients every year.

Part of Tri-State Ambulance's strategic deployment of emergency medical services includes:

    • System Status Management Plan, which posts ambulances in strategic locations throughout service areas to reduce emergency response times.
    • Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), to determine the proper emergency response mode based upon the patient's medical condition.
    • Global Positioning System (GPS), transmits GPS information to the dispatch center software which automatically informs the dispatchers which ambulance to send based upon distance and projected response time.
    • Vehicle operator performance monitoring, wirelessly sends driver performance feedback to a centralized server for reporting and continuous quality improvement functions.
    • High Speed Wireless Internet Access, to access medical protocols, medication interaction resources, company intranet, paramedic training, reporting and e-mail, and local weather information.
    • Electronic Patient Care Reporting, to help ensure accuracy of patient care reporting and real-time quality assurance of paramedics.
    • External Bluetooth Antenna for broader 12-Lead range, to provide ERs with immediate patient ECG reports as connectivity goes from 30 feet to over 100 feet.

                "Since first implementing In Motion Technology's onBoard Mobile Gateway in 2007, our workforce have become more efficient and accountable and are able to provide a higher level of patient care with faster response times," said Tom Tornstrom, director of operations, Tri-State Ambulance. "We are able to better monitor vehicles and dispatch the closest ambulance and have been able to reduce the cost of emergency medical services."

                Future plans for Tri-State Ambulance include investigating asset management/tracking and the ability to provide patient telemedicine with recently acquired ambulances that can allow streaming video directly from a scene or patient compartment to the command center or ER.

                In Motion Technology's onBoard™ Mobile Gateway turns ambulances into wireless hotspots, providing seamless, secure connectivity to tablets, laptops, 12-Lead ECGs, scanners, and other devices in and around the ambulance. The onBoard™ Mobility Manager  provides the ability to analyze information from each Gateway in the field via a dashboard which shows ambulance GPS location, and monitors vehicle diagnostics, devices and networks.

                "We are honored that Tri-State Ambulance has been a customer for the past five years and relies on In Motion Technology for their strategic ambulance deployment," said Tony Morris, In Motion Technology's vice president of sales and marketing. "Hundreds of first responder, transit, utility and commercial fleets have entrusted In Motion Technology to transform operations, improve communications and reduce costs."

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