Using Community Paramedicine Pilot Programs to Effect Change in Healthcare

Using Community Paramedicine Pilot Programs to Effect Change in Healthcare

Article Aug 18, 2017

In their article “Community Paramedicine Pilot Programs: Lessons from Maine,” Karen B. Pearson, MLIS, MA and George Shaler, MPH discuss the growing trend of implementing community paramedicine programs throughout the country and the necessity for pilot CP programs to exist and demonstrate their value.

Pearson and Shaler encourage each program should maintain high standards of care and should be constructed in a way that specifically tailors to each community’s needs in healthcare. If the program can build a database of evidence proving its success, it is likelier that members in legislation will make changes to accommodate for the financial means necessary to sustain community paramedicine.

The article focuses on Maine’s community paramedicine pilot program, examining the process of legislative action needed to authorize it, how strategies were developed and implemented, and the lessons that were learned from the program. The topics discussed should prove to be helpful for other agencies considering implementing their own community paramedicine programs so they can make informed decisions moving forward in the process.

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