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HIE Connects EMS, Hospital During 300-Mile Transport of Cancer Patient


June 6—Beyond Lucid Technologies (BLT), a health and safety technology firm that develops software to connect emergency response and medical transportation agencies with hospitals in real-time, has announced that on May 30, 2019, it successfully cleared a milestone in its effort to maximize workflow efficiency while connecting EMS and fire agencies with the care facilities to which they transport patients. 

That day, Miller EMS, one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing private ambulance services, transported a patient suffering from liver cancer 275 miles from Tulsa to North Kansas City Hospital for specialized hospice care that was not locally available. Miller EMS automatically began sharing data from its electronic patient care record (ePCR) system — MEDIVIEW™ — when the destination was selected. Information from the ePCR flowed securely and became available to the hospital before the ambulance arrived. Miller EMS has partnered with BLT since October 2016. Miller EMS is also able to share data in real-time with facilities to which it transports patients across Oklahoma and as far away as greater Houston. North Kansas City Hospital already had a node on the MEDIVIEW™ BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange (HIE) network because another BLT partner-client—the Excelsior Springs Fire Dept.—transports patients there.   

According to Jonathon Feit, Co-Founder & C.E.O. of Beyond Lucid Technologies: “This next-gen accomplishment by Miller EMS—leveraging the breadth of our national prehospital health information exchange, without any engineering work or additional cost—is a total validation of our innovation model. It also means we are at a tipping point where enough hospitals are connected to the BEACON network that EMS agencies can transport across state lines and still anticipate long-sought real-time interoperability. The technical feat is made even sweeter because this occurred in the city where Cerner is headquartered. As my friend Tony Robbins, a pilot and Captain-Paramedic here at North Kansas City Fire, has pointed out: ‘If we can execute seamless air traffic control handoffs, we should be able to do the same with patients.’”

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