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What EMS Management Software Can Do For Your Hospital

by Valerie Stevens

Most smaller hospitals either own their own ambulances and hire their own emergency medical services (EMS) staff or contract this set of services out to a private ambulance company. However, larger hospitals try to own and operate their own ambulances and hire their own EMS staff. This can be tricky, given that there are several variables to consider and that you have to have a plan of action if one of those variables goes south of your expectations and daily operations. This is where EMS management software can help. The following illustrates just some of the more popular features of the best EMS software programs.

Locate Medical Transportation Services

Nothing can disrupt the flow of hospital services quite like broken-down ambulances or the need for medical transport in the air. When more than one of your ambulances is in the shop and the rest are on the job, it could cost someone his/her life waiting for an ambulance to become available. When a patient has to be airlifted to a crisis-certified hospital or a cardiac specialist in another hospital, you need to find that transport right away. Some EMS management software quickly locates ALL of your options for a specific type of medical transport, then verifies if those transports are currently available to help you. You then call the attached phone number and secure the transport in seconds, rather than waste precious minutes sifting through endless lists of transports, hospitals helicopter operators in the area.

Page/Call EMS Staff to Come Work

EMS staff get sick and emergency situations prevent them from coming into work. That makes you and your hospital short-staffed, which places patients at risk. The EMS software scrolls through the list of available EMS staff who are not currently working (based on their checked-in, checked-out work status) and then pages and/or calls the next person or persons on the list to get them to come to work and replace the missing staff.

Create EMS Resource Lists

You can also create EMS resource lists for supplies, temporary hire EMS staff, and First Responder volunteers who can respond to help patients when EMS staff and the ambulance are stuck in traffic or unable to reach the patients in less than ten minutes. The software gives you more control over the problematic situations that occur when there is an emergency and your hospital and its staff cannot respond to it quickly. The lists organize themselves alphabetically, and have places to insert telephone numbers and contact information.

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