Kris Kaull

Kris Kaull

Kris is a flight paramedic who serves as Pulsara's Chief Marketing Officer and is the founder of EMS1.com - the largest EMS website on the internet. When he's not promoting Pulsara or saving lives, Kris can be found in the beautiful mountains of Montana or dreaming about the next adventure.

Recent posts by Kris Kaull

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COVID-19 Changed How We View Telemedicine. Here's How to Choose the Right Solution for Your Team

By Kris Kaull on Apr 24, 2020

Why has the healthcare system resisted telemedicine as a solution for so long? 

Telemedicine offers a world of opportunity for innovation and improvement in healthcare communication. Clinicians can use it to assess patients remotely, advise medical care without having to be on-site, and consult with one another to bring patients the highest possible quality in medical care. We rely so heavily on technology in every other area of life, it seems counterintuitive that old, outdated technology dominates the industry where saving time can save lives. 

Up until now, that potential has mostly gone untapped. Why?

Topics: Telemedicine Technology COVID-19
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EMS and Paramedicine: At the Crossroads of Change

By Kris Kaull on Mar 09, 2020

GROWING UP IS HARD.

As a young industry, EMS had its cute years. We were the baby of the family. Our oldest brother, Police, followed Mom and Dad’s orders to a T. Police was a rule-following perfectionist who aimed to please. Then, there was the middle child, Firefighter. She was similar to her brother, following in his footsteps and enjoying the attention of being the baby of the family ... until we came along. Then, she started taking on a new role – differentiating herself from her older brother while at the same time, nurturing us.

Topics: EMS Change Management Community Paramedicine Systems of Care Mobile Integrated Health
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What's the Future of EMS? Ask My Mom [EMS1 2019 Trend Report - Part 4]

By Kris Kaull on Aug 12, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: Last month, EMS1, Fitch & Associates, and the National EMS Management Association released their fourth annual EMS Trend Report, proudly sponsored by Pulsara. We invite you to read, ponder, and share the following information brought to you by the most prestigious thought leaders in EMS.

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On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I wandered into Houdini’s Magic Shop and watched as a performer razzle-dazzled each patron and then upsold them on a dream that they, too, could be part of the secret club of illusionists.

A few days later, my magic talent hit me ... I have a (nearly) supernatural ability to see the future of EMS. In essence, you could call me a clairvoyant EMS psychic. My career has positioned me as an expert squarely at the intersection of EMS, technology and the human factor.

Topics: EMS Trend Report
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Creating Calm Within Chaos - Lessons From a Career in Flight Paramedicine

By Kris Kaull on Jun 25, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: This past April, Pulsara's Chief Marketing Officer, Kris Kaull, had the honor of being selected to present a TED talk at TEDxBozeman. A practicing Flight Paramedic, Kris chose to share one of his most memorable calls, and his top three tips for bringing order to chaos -- as learned by a career in emergency medicine:

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It was early October. The fall leaves had turned colors and the air was brisk. Bob and his family finished dinner, watched TV, and scooted off to their own rooms for the night. They were all in bed by 11. A calm normal night, until it wasn’t.

Topics: EMS
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FirstNet 101 — What is it? And, How Does it Affect Healthcare?

By Kris Kaull on Apr 27, 2018

[NOTE: Pulsara recently spent at day at the FirstNet Innovation Lab in Boulder Colorado where Pulsara is now installed. The Lab is a centralized location to showcase the capabilities of FirstNet. Pulsara is collaborating with FirstNet to showcase the importance of real-time team communications that crosses healthcare entities. Thank you @FirstNet for your hospitality. — Shawn Olson & Brandon Means]

Topics: Healthcare Communication Technology
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New Mission: Lifeline Stroke Documents for Prehospital LVO care -- What You Need to Know

By Kris Kaull on Mar 02, 2017

This past week at the International Stroke Conference in Houston, Mission: Lifeline Stroke released two documents related to prehospital LVO care.

Topics: Stroke EMS
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Why the ‘Universal Clock’ is a game changer for EMS

By Kris Kaull on Sep 25, 2015

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally pubilshed on EMS1.com. EMS1 serves as the largest site for paramedics and EMTs to find expert industry-relevant content.

With EMS and hospital professionals looking at different clocks—different timelines—for the same patient, it’s surprising that there aren’t more issues. And that’s not getting into other related information that is transmitted along the line: patient records, ECGs, and other miscellaneous documents. When every second counts, that type of miscommunication can be dangerous, or even fatal.

The future of healthcare is in bridging these gaps and creating a single protocol that encompasses the entire process from first contact to definitive treatment and includes all the stakeholders involved. The idea itself is a simple communication protocol that:

  • can be used regardless of patient location
  • unifies all acute care processes in one common workflow
  • and is available to anyone who has a smart device … i.e. everyone.
Topics: Coordinators' Corner
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Traumatic Brain Injury: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Sep 18, 2015

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact info for Bob can be found on his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

1. There's little room to spare in the cranium.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause inflammation and swelling or bleeding from damage to brain tissue and blood vessels. Bleeding may occur within the brain (an intracranial hemorrhage) or the protective layers that surround it, such as an epidural, subdural or subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Topics: EMS
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5 Ways Mobile Healthcare Coordination Can Change EMS

By Kris Kaull on Sep 15, 2015

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally pubilshed on EMS1.com. EMS1 serves as the largest site for paramedics and EMTs to find expert industry-relevant content.

Medical professionals are always pushing to discover better methods to improve patient outcomes. Nowhere is this more true than in acute care situations, where communication is critical and every second counts.  

But up until now, there hasn’t been a great one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of sharing information—benchmark times, patient information, etc.—between emergency response team members, due to great variation from place to place and organization to organization.

One company looked for a way to put a method to the madness. By pulling together people, alerts, and information in a single platform that’s available to everyone, the days of “who knew what when” can be put firmly in the past.

Here’s how Pulsara works, along with five reasons it is quickly becoming the leading technology for improving patient outcomes.

Topics: EMS
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Who is Pulsara? Part 4 [Our Values]

By Kris Kaull on Aug 13, 2015

Who are you?

Like … who are you REALLY? When no one is looking. When you’re by yourself. Who are you? What principles guide your decisions?

Welcome to the final, and Part 4, of our series that asks the question: “Who is Pulsara?”

Topics: Leadership
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Who is Pulsara? Part 3 [Our Vision]

By Kris Kaull on Aug 04, 2015

 

At Pulsara, our Vision is our future roadmap, the answer to the question: “Where do we see ourselves in the future?”

Topics: Leadership
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Who is Pulsara? Part 2 [Our Purpose]

By Kris Kaull on Jul 28, 2015

 

In Part 1 of our 4-part series about who we are as a company, we definied our mission, the answer to WHAT do we do at Pulsara. We unite and empower people to improve health by simplifying care coordination.

In conjunction with our mission, our purpose statement answers HOW. How will we accomplish our mission? Or more specifically, how is Pulsara going to simplify care coordination?

Topics: Leadership
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Who is Pulsara? Part 1 [Our Mission]

By Kris Kaull on Jul 21, 2015

 

We care about what we’re doing.

We care about the latest in stroke research. We care about streamlining and maximizing efficiencies in STEMI cases. We care about building Regional Systems of Care. AND, we care about people.

How does that fit into the big picture?

One of the challenges in any organization is direction. At Pulsara, it’s critically important that we focus on the right core projects at the right time with the right level of concentration. How do we accomplish that? By defining who we are.

Over this 4-part series, we’ll be reviewing our mission, our purpose, our vision and our non-negotiable set of values.

Topics: Leadership
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Happy Independence Day from Team Pulsara!

By Kris Kaull on Jul 02, 2015

 
This weekend, we celebrate our nation’s birthday!
 
But, not everyone gets to take the day off. For those that selflessly serve our nation, provide care for the sick and injured, and protect our communities, THANK YOU! On behalf of the Pulsara Marketing Team, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day with your friends and family.
 
Did you know that the vote for the Declaration of Independence was actually on July 2nd? Want to know more fun facts? Keep reading and check out the infographic below.
 
~ Kris, Hannah, Michele and Tia
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Technology in Healthcare: Why Doctors are Opposed

By Kris Kaull on Jun 12, 2015

 

It’s not that doctors are technologically averse. Instead, it’s because technology has become another mandatory hurdle in providing quality patient care. More and more physicians are becoming frustrated with the subpar usability of Health IT Tools.

What should be simplifying the process and providing meaningful data is increasingly becoming a headache. Systems aren’t comparable. Technology is evolving at a pace that is costing facilities in unusable “tech debt.” Doctors can’t pull basic reports. And the “IT guy,” whose responsibility centers around printing woes, is now required to screen policies & procedures, configure personal mobile devices, maintain interoperability standards — all while staying HIPAA compliant.

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The One Thing You Should be Thankful For This Week ...

By Kris Kaull on May 05, 2015

... Nurses!

“Do you want to speak to the doctor in charge … or the nurse who actually knows what’s going on?”

Starting tomorrow is National Nurses Week and here at Pulsara, we couldn’t be more proud of our team of in-house nursing clinicians. Warning: Click their headshots only if you are prepared to be humbled by the incredible accomplishments this bunch has achieved! 

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Research Shows: System Delays are Increasing Mortality Rates at Your Facility

By Kris Kaull on Apr 30, 2015

 

I hear it all the time … “We already have a great system.” or “Our processes are already streamlined.”

While that’s good and dandy, there is a problem that lies in the statement itself. 

“We already have a great system” … compared to what?

“Our processes are already streamlined” … compared to what?  

Quantifiable data would answer this question. Ironically, these types of statements are more consistently heard from suburban and rural facilities. And, while these facilities are honestly working towards a positive outcome, it’s difficult to track progress. It’s time consuming to gather data, review processes, and report the difficult truth.

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Trauma: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Apr 16, 2015

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact info for Bob can be found on his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

~ Kris

Trauma is a leading cause of death for all age groups. EMS plays a pivotal role in trauma systems of care through assessment, treatment, and transport to the most appropriate trauma-care facility. Here are the top 10 things you need to know about multi-system trauma to save lives:

Topics: EMS
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Stroke: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Mar 31, 2015


EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact Bob at his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

~ Kris

EMS plays a critical role in identifying, treating, and directing stroke patients into a system of care. Here are 10 things you need to know about stroke:

Topics: STEMI EMS
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STEMI: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Mar 19, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact Bob at his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

~ Kris

 

EMTs and paramedics play a crucial role in rapid detection, treatment, and transport of STEMI1 patients to the most appropriate hospital. Here are the top 10 things you need to know about STEMI to save lives:

Topics: STEMI EMS