An Integrated Future

An Integrated Future

By Nancy Perry Jan 15, 2014

Over the past two years, we have been documenting the development of mobile integrated healthcare practice and how it could redefine not only the  EMS world, but the broader healthcare universe.

This month, we are pleased to announce the launch of Integrated Healthcare Delivery. This journal will  provide a forum for innovation and a communication portal for those wishing to translate the best science into an integrated, patient-focused environment.

“Our goal is to become the interprofessional destination of choice for concepts and studies related to integrated healthcare delivery. Rigorous scientific studies are always welcome, but so are manuscripts describing novel strategies, pilot projects, preliminary experience, and unique approaches to integration of care across disciplines and spanning professions,” say IHD editors  Eric Beck, DO, NREMT-P, Jeff Beeson, DO, and Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP.

“There is an incredible opportunity to return the focus of healthcare to the patient via integration of healthcare providers, the intelligent use of data and an outcomes orientation. Ideally this new healthcare landscape will allow for time-appropriate and needs-matched care for all of our patients.”

The first issue of IHD is available for download for the iPad. For more information, visit


The Arizona Department of Health Services and ImageTrend partner to give EMS agencies hospital outcome data.
GD’s e-Bridge system helps EMS share critical information quickly and securely with distant doctors and hospitals.
The Elite platform is compliant for both the Collect (ePCR) and Receive & Process (State) designations as of December 23, 2015.
Nurse advice, alternative destinations and community medics seem to be working as hoped.
Community health programs work with EMS to fill service gaps for complex patients.
Outside the hospital, community resources can work together for better care of patients.
Pilot program provides in-home care to ED “superusers.”
Six-step transition-care bundle keeps discharged patients from returning to the hospital.
Medics can start treatment for an infection, then connect the patient to a physician.
Ryan Brothers Ambulance opened a community paramedic clinic staffed by EMTs, paramedics and CP students.
CCFES will employ non-physician practitioners for the purpose of a “treat and release” program, where patients can be treated at their homes
'Revolving door' of readmissions puts hospitals at risk of penalties
How workforce issues are changing in the post-ACA world.
ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability Proposed Rule
North West Ambulance Service Community Specialist Paramedics deliver care right where it is needed at the heart of the community