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An Easier Way to Coordinate Care—No Matter Where You Are

By Josh Jordan on Oct 23, 2020

Have you ever had to coordinate care for a really sick patient that needed an immediate transfer or consult, and had to divert your attention away from the patient in order to get in touch with all the necessary team members? Have you ever been frustrated by just how much time and runaround it takes to get everyone on the same page? 

Physical distance is part of the package when you’re trying to coordinate care for patients. Whether you’re down the hallway or miles apart, getting the right information to the right people at the right time can be a challenge. That’s why having clear, established lines of communication is vital to successfully coordinating patient care.

Topics: Communication Time Sensitive Emergencies Connected Teams Interoperability
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Here's What You Need to Know About the 21st Century Cures Act

By Kinsie Clarkson on Oct 05, 2020

Imagine: you need to see your doctor's notes from your last appointment, so you put in a request to view your clinical notes. Shortly afterward, all the information you need shows up in an app on your smartphone.

Wouldn't it be nice to have such easy access to your electronic health records? 

Topics: Technology Interoperability Systems of Care Electronic Health Records
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Q&A: How Can EMS Agencies Leverage Technology for Growth & Evolution?

By Team Pulsara on Sep 21, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Last month, EMS1, Fitch & Associates, and the National EMS Management Association released their third annual EMS Trend Report, proudly sponsored by Pulsara. Because the articles and advice found within contain such critical subject matter, we've elected to publish each segment one at a time here on our blog. Read, enjoy, share, and take to heart the following information brought to you by the most prestigious thought leaders in EMS.

About the Author: Rachel Zoch is a branded content project lead for Lexipol, where she has written about public safety products and issues important to police, fire, EMS and corrections since 2015. 

In this Q&A, EMS1 talks with Pulsara’s Kris Kaull about the importance of communication, how to improve it with the right technology, and how the role of EMS in the overall healthcare landscape is changing.

Topics: EMS Technology Innovation Trend Report Interoperability Community Paramedicine
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Better Stroke Care for NY Mount St. Mary's Hospital

By Team Pulsara on Aug 14, 2020

New York Hospital Improves Communication and Door-to-Needle Times with Pulsara

Just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, care teams at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, New York realized that they needed a better way to communicate. According to an article published recently in a local Lewiston news source, Mount St. Mary’s chose to adopt Pulsara in order to open better lines of communication between EMS and emergency department staff.

Pulsara is a mobile-first telehealth and communication platform that connects teams across organizations. Through the use of mobile technology, Pulsara allows every member of the care team —from medics to nurses to physicians — to communicate on one dedicated channel for each patient. And for stroke patients at Mount St. Mary’s Regional Stroke Center, more efficient care team communication can have a major impact.

Topics: Stroke Communication Telemedicine Technology Connected Teams Interoperability Customer Success
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Interoperability is Key to Connecting Care Teams

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 11, 2019

As our processes and equipment in EMS continue to evolve, they empower first responders to provide better care for patients. But in order to provide the BEST care, our communication technologies must also evolve and keep pace. 

If you’ve ever felt the frustration of having to repeat the radio report for the umpteenth time, or worse, watched harm reach your patient because of a simple miscommunication, picture this instead:

Topics: Connected Teams Interoperability
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Three Ways We Strive to Improve the Lives of ED Doctors Through Innovative Communication

By Shane Elmore, RN on Dec 06, 2019

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how we strive to improve the lives of ED Nurses and the patients they serve. This week, I want to focus on ED Doctors (did you know Pulsara was founded by one?). In this post, my aim is to help ED Doctors understand how a communication platform like Pulsara can make their lives better.

Topics: EMS Communication Interoperability Systems of Care
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Miami Valley Hospital Featured on News for Pulsara and RAPID Integration

By Hannah Ostrem on Nov 08, 2019

Miami Valley Hospital, part of Premier Health, was recently featured on the news for their implementation of both the RAPID stroke imaging platform and Pulsara's communication platform. 

"When patients come in to the hospital after having a stroke, there's a lot of information that needs to get collected, and a lot of people are part of the team that collects that information," said Dr. John Terry, Director of Inpatient Stroke Care at Premier Health. "Pulsara allows all those people to be able to communicate and know what everyone else is doing at the same time." Dr. Terry says that that transparency and ease of communication has changed the hospital's stroke treatment protocols in a "very beneficial way."

Topics: Stroke Connected Teams Interoperability
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How Virginia Mason Medical Center Broke Down Healthcare Communication Silos [WEBINAR]

By Team Pulsara on Oct 21, 2019

Pulsara recently partnered with Rea Berg, Virginia Mason Medical Center's Director of the Emergency Department/Observation Unit to present some of the successes the hospital has seen in their treatment times following some process improvements they made. The full webinar can be seen right here. 

Following the webinar, Becker's Healthcare Review wrote up the following article about the presentation. The following is authored by Anuja Vaidya, and originally appeared here. 

One of the biggest contributors to inefficiency in healthcare is a lack of communication, which can lead to lower quality of care and higher costs. Communication in healthcare is siloed for many reasons, including the complexity of the work, the size of health systems, outdated and non-integrated communication technologies, and HIPAA constraints.

Topics: Regional Systems of Care Connected Teams Interoperability
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Implementing Pulsara and FirstNet® improves North Texas Regional EMS patient care and treatment times

By Team Pulsara on Oct 18, 2019

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Topics: EMS Press Regional Systems of Care Interoperability
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Pulsara Provides NEMSIS-formatted Public API for ePCR Vendor Interoperability

By Team Pulsara on Oct 09, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2019

CONTACT
Hannah Ostrem
Hannah.Ostrem@pulsara.com
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The adoption by Pulsara of the NEMSIS format further strengthens its role as the leading regional healthcare communication platform.

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Pulsara announced today that the healthcare communication platform is the first to adopt the NEMSIS prehospital format to connect regional systems of care.

The purpose behind the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) is to enhance patient care by storing EMS data from local, state, and national sources. The NEMSIS database allows EMS providers to share, collect, standardize, and use this data to analyze their systems and make process improvements.

Through a standardized API, Pulsara’s platform now allows all ePCR partners to access Pulsara data in near real time. Importing Pulsara data via this new API using the NEMSIS 3.4 format eliminates dual data entry by medics and improves communication to all care providers, ultimately enhancing patient care.

Topics: EMS Press Regional Systems of Care ePCRs Interoperability