There are plenty of creative uses of ImageTrend’s software product line across the fire, EMS, and healthcare fields. With its fifth annual Hooley Awards, presented Wednesday night at the company’s ImageTrend Connect conference in St. Paul, Minn., three top innovators were honored for theirs.
The awards represent a “celebration of our community’s tireless innovators,” ImageTrend COO Joe Graw told attendees. They are given in three categories:
The Innovation Award recognizes those who serve in new or innovative ways to meet the needs of their organization, including developing programs or solutions to benefit providers, administrators, or the community;
The Service Award honors the use of data to further community safety or reach community goals and acknowledges that data can be used in many ways for the benefit of society; and
The New Frontier Award recognizes those going above and beyond the call of duty and breaking new ground or serving in a humanitarian way.
The Innovation Award went to Jesus Rivera of Surprise Fire-Medical in Arizona. Rivera, a battalion chief who oversees the department’s EMS division, created a treat-and-refer program that lets medics follow up with high utilizers through nonemergency visits to evaluate their home environments and identify the causes of their system overuse. He used ImageTrend Elite’s CQI module to create a specific workflow to ensure protocols were followed and document the completion of visits, allowing payment. The program has greatly reduced these users’ calls.
The other finalists were Eric Anderson of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, who leveraged EMS data to improve prehospital hemorrhage-control practice, and Chelsea Dubie of the Vermont Department of Health, who led a public health investigation to identify victims of ricin poisoning in a retirement community.
Mike Hilley of Whatcom County, Wash., claimed the Service Award for a project to use alerts to improve community health. Hilley is the county’s EMS manager and head of EMS for the Redmond Fire Department. The project alerts local clinics to ePCRs involving overdoses using ImageTrend Continuum, which prompts a face-to-face intervention within two hours to try to enroll those patients in the local community paramedicine program.
The other finalists were Todd Donovan of the Derry, N.H., Fire Department, an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention, and J.D. Postage of Violet Township, Ohio, who reduced hospital readmissions through a mobile integrated healthcare program that uses worksheets within ImageTrend Elite Community Health.
The New Frontier Award was won by Lori Boland of Allina Health EMS in Minnesota. An epidemiologist who studied cardiovascular disease, Boland applied that perspective to EMS to gain insight into sudden cardiac arrest, including the role of mechanical compressions, the use of transthoracic impedance data to evaluate quality, and system guideline adherence. She has helped make Allina a leader in prehospital research.
The other finalists were Nicholas Adams of Cobb County, Ga., for using drones to aid fire response, and Benjamin Thelen of the Milwaukee VA Hospital for a project involving ePCR identification of veterans and their preference for transport to the VA Hospital.
Judges for the awards included top leaders of EMS media, including Hilary Gates, MAEd, NRP, EMS World’s senior editorial and program director.
Top honors for the ImageTrend Connect poster presentations went to Amber Viitanen and colleagues, who examined behavioral health responses by EMS in Colorado and made recommendations to improve their care.