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New EMS1 Column Post by Mike Taigman – Universal precautions are not just to protect us

Read the latest post in the new Paramedic Chief column via EMS1, “Universal precautions are not just to protect us” written by our own Improvement Guide, Mike Taigman. This column focuses on practices that protect patients as well as health care workers, with some sound practical steps crews can implement immediately. Read the Latest Column Article Here. Access all Column Articles Here.

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Reducing Opioid Overdose Deaths Within Communities – A Quality Improvement Perspective

Check out the new publication on the role of EMS in addressing the opioid epidemic. It includes an article by our Improvement Guide, Mike Taigman on using quality improvement principles in Deming’s for lenses of Profound Knowledge to decrease deaths and improve recovery for people dealing with opioid addiction: Read the Full Article Here.

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New EMS1 Column Post by Mike Taigman – Q&A: How can leaders identify and help EMS providers who need support?

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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A Model for Better Community Healthcare

​REMSA,​ ​the​ ​Regional​ ​Emergency​ ​Medical​ ​Services​ ​Authority​ ​based​ ​in​ ​northern Nevada,​ ​has​ ​released​ ​a​ ​new​ ​comprehensive​ ​White​ ​Paper​ ​that​ ​provides​ ​detailed​ ​information​ ​on its​ ​highly​ ​successful​ ​Community​ ​Health​ ​Programs.​ ​These​ ​nationally-acclaimed​ ​programs​ ​were launched​ ​in​ ​2012​ ​after​ ​REMSA​ ​received​ ​funding​ ​​ ​through​ ​a​ ​$9.1​ ​million​ ​Health​ ​Care​ ​Innovation Award​ ​grant​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Medicare​ ​&​ ​Medicaid​ ​Innovation,​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​Department​ ​of Health​ ​and​ ​Human​ ​Services. The​ ​White​ ​Paper​ ​describes​ ​the​ ​planning,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​results​ ​of​ ​REMSA’s​ ​approach [...]

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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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Fond du Lac Fire Rescue using FirstWatch to Improve Response Times

Fond du Lac Fire Rescue, WI is using FirstWatch to see how quickly personnel and equipment are getting to calls. With goals being set and tracked, they’re expected to be met. Since launching the program, the Fond du Lac Fire Department has been able to meet between 90 and 100% of its goals. Watch the TV News Clip.

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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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How One EMS Agency in Nevada is Collecting, Analyzing Data

Clark County Fire Department leaders wanted to go beyond measuring response times and look more closely at patient care performance. But using their current software, reviewing performance was labor intensive and time consuming – they could look back at individual charts, or create spreadsheets about a particular indicator, but they couldn’t look at multiple aspects of all calls systematically. Clark County decided to use FirstPass, the tool that continually mines data in CADs and ePCRs, alerting managers to deviations [...]

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