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New EMS1 Column Post by Mike Taigman – Visionaries define top 7 current health care challenges

Read the latest post in the new Paramedic Chief column via EMS1, “Better EMS Performance” led by our own Improvement Guide, Mike Taigman. In this new column, Mike and our FirstWatch team along with our customers and colleagues will share actionable strategies, concepts and ideas to make real improvements. This column draws from Learning Organizations, Systems Thinking, Six Sigma, Lean Thinking, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others you will not need to have a black belt to put these [...]

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EMS Data Can Help Stop the Opioid Epidemic

Former FirstWatch Medical Director Dr. Alex Garza and Boston EMS, Fire and Police Medical Director Dr. Sophia Dyer, joined forces in this month’s issue of JEMS to share the opportunity EMS has to help in the efforts to slow down the Opioid epidemic and perhaps prevent overdoses before they occur. Read the Article.

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Leveraging Civic Data to Improve Public Health and Emergency Managemet

FirstWatch is featured in a great article by Data-Smart City Solutions, an initiative by the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School, about the need for local authorities and decision makers to have real-time alert systems, rapid response surveillance, and mobile data collection and geolocation to improve the disease surveillance necessary to curb the spread of major viruses.Read the Article.

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Fighting Fire with Data

FirstWatch customer Fire Chief Otto Drozd of Orange County Fire Rescue, FL and his team harness the power of data to make important measures available in real time, without significantly adding to their workload, to reach the highest level of performance possible. Read the Article.

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EMS Compass Measures Demonstrate EMS Value in the Healthcare Industry

The May JEMS EMS Compass Data Supplement features former FirstWatch Medical Director Dr. Alex Garza, MD, MPH, member of the EMS Compass Steering Committee, as he shares why today, with consumers demanding better care, it only makes sense that quality measures be used to improve patient care and demonstrate value to the community.Read the Article.

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Medic2Medic Podcast Features Todd Stout

FirstWatch President Todd Stout was recently interviewed by long-time industry friend Steven Cohen, the current EMS Chief at Cary Area EMS. In addition to working as an EMS Chief, Steven runs his own podcast, Medic2Medic. It was honor for Todd to be featured on the podcast as an individual who made an impact on Steven’s career, and to share with you folks some of those who made an impact on Todd’s career. Listen to the interview below! Listen to the Podcast.

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Advanced MIH-CP Tools Distill Data into Wisdom

FirstWatch President Todd Stout was interviewed by JEMS Magazine for their November supplement, Technology Innovations Driving MIH-CP. In his interview Todd discusses how real-time healthcare data systems can advance the MIH-CP practice. Read the Interview.

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EMS World Review on FirstPass Webinar

Great review in EMS World by Paramedic Mike Rubin on the webinar we hosted last Thursday featuring The Richmond Ambulance Authority. Rob Lawrence, COO and Tom Ludin, Director of QA/QI did a wonderful job sharing the in’s and out’s of their Total Quality Management program, and the role FirstPass plays. Read the Review.

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ISDS Webinar – EMS & Ebola

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa and beyond. EMS providers have to be prepared to treat or transport suspected or known Ebola patients. Join FirstWatch President and long-time advocate for the value of EMS data for public health surveillance, Todd Stout and former Chief Medical Officer for the US Department of Homeland Security, Alex Garza, MD, MPH as they discuss how EMS services in the USA and Canada responded to [...]

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FirstWatch Mobile App Featured by JEMS

The Journal of Emergency Medicine Services (JEMS) recently featured our Mobile App for iOS and Android devices. With 24-7-365 access to your data, these Apps allows you to monitor in near real-time your public safety and public health performance, operational and clinical compliance data, all at your finger-tips.

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FirstWatch Solutions Provide Actionable Information for Oceanside Police

Law enforcement agencies are faced with the significant challenge of making sense of mountains of crime data. FirstWatch, headquartered in Encinitas, Calif., helps the Oceanside Police Department by turning this raw data into valuable, actionable information available to their law enforcement teams and other authorized stakeholder groups in real time. Read article

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Helping Data Work for You

“FirstWatch significantly expedites the process. Departments using FirstWatch can look at and act on data, essentially in real time, and can map trends and set up alerts based on crime category or location.”  Read the article in Police Chief Magazine 

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