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Profile of a Founder: The Tech Tribune's Q&A With Dr. James Woodson

By Kinsie Clarkson on Jun 01, 2020

This week, The Tech Tribune released an exclusive Q&A with Pulsara's Founder and CEO, Dr. James Woodson. Pulsara has been featured in The Tech Tribune's 2018 Best Tech Startups in Montana, 2019 Best Tech Startups in Bozeman, 2019 Best Tech Startups in Montana, 2020 Best Tech Startups in Bozeman, and 2020 Best Tech Startups in Montana. Check out the full interview here. 

Topics: Leadership Press
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Failures and Wins in EMS and How to Mentor the Next Generation: An Interview with Kris Kaull

By Kinsie Clarkson on May 20, 2020

During the 2019 EMS World Expo last year, Pulsara CMO Kris Kaull sat down with Mike Verkest, EMS Training Officer and Host of "Tales and Stories from EMS World," to talk about success, failure, and his experience working in EMS. In celebration of EMS Week, we're sharing our highlights from that interview. (To watch the full interview, check out the video below).

Topics: EMS Leadership
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Managing Complex Change? This is the Model You Don’t Want To Miss!

By Brittany Means, RN, BSN on Aug 16, 2019

The only thing that never changes is the fact that everything changes! One would think by now we would be much more willing to change, but isn’t it true that we often find ourselves scared, resistant, uncertain, or even angry when change comes knocking at the door?

I recall a time in my life before I worked at Pulsara, when my nursing unit was transitioning from paper documentation to an EMR. Even though the staff despised the accordion of nursing notes, and finding an order written a week ago was comparable to flipping through an encyclopedia, adoption of the new EMR was met with insurmountable negativity and resistance. We literally had nurses and physicians leave our organization to escape the change that was intended to make our lives easier!

Topics: Leadership Healthcare Change Management
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Failure: A Leader's Best Tool for Improvement

By Shane Elmore, RN on Jun 21, 2019

"Try and fail, but do not fail to try" - Stephen Kaggwa.

Have you ever felt like you made a mistake or failed as a leader? Of course you have, because all leaders -- whether in the hospital, EMS organization, or even the home -- have failed. What separates the best leaders from the rest of the pack is how they view their failures. For them, failure is a gift rather than a curse. They view failure as a way to assess a better way forward, an opportunity to learn, or an experience that will shape their next decision.

Topics: Leadership
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How EMS Leadership in Colorado Springs Inspired Collaboration for Better Patient Care [White Paper]

By Hannah Ostrem on Jan 17, 2019

“In today’s interconnected and complex healthcare environment, an EMS leader must understand when and how to collaborate, both within the organization and with outside partners.”

Last month, EMS1.com published “The State of Collaboration in EMS” white paper, to help inform EMS leaders about the importance of and tips for collaboration within their own organizations and with outside entities.

One region featured in the white paper was Colorado Springs, CO. The region was struggling to connect the more than twelve fire and EMS organizations and five hospitals (who are part of two larger hospital systems), particularly when trying to communicate key information for time sensitive emergencies. The feature in the white paper discusses how EMS leaders in the area were able to unite all care teams, regardless of the entities they worked for, around a common goal of improving quality of care for patients in the community by reducing delays due to miscommunication.

Topics: EMS Leadership Communication Technology
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Pulsara Featured on List of 10 Best Tech Companies in Montana

By Team Pulsara on Aug 16, 2018

Pulsara is honored to have been featured last month in an article from The Tech Tribune which featured the best small tech companies in Montana. According to the article, the staff researched Montana's tech companies and evaluated them using factors including:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape
Topics: Leadership
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Accountability Isn't Optional When it Comes to People's Lives.

By Shane Elmore, RN on Sep 27, 2017

If you missed my previous blog post about my recent hospitalization, then I encourage you to go back and give it a read. This post serves as part two of  my up-close-and-personal experience with communication failures in the hospital. Luckily, the situations described in these two posts don’t involve time-sensitive emergencies (TSEs). When communication failures occur in TSEs, the impact can be devastating. Rather, these examples provide evidence that miscommunication is part of the everyday routine in healthcare. This communication crisis is real, and it impacts real people every day.

In case you missed my previous post, let me recap: I was out of town on a business trip and ended up being hospitalized for a day. Luckily, it was just one day; every additional day a patient stays in the hospital, the odds of a full and speedy recovery decrease. But the experience that would follow was so bad, I was half surprised a lady with crazy hair didn't walk up to me on admission and say "may the odds be forever in your favor!" (That's funny if you've seen the Hunger Games. If not, you seriously need to go to the movies now and then ... but hey, no judgment).

Topics: Leadership Healthcare Communication
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Trading Resolutions for Resilience in 2017

By Kelly Meredith on Feb 03, 2017

Editor's Note: At Pulsara, we strive to bring you the top industry news and research for time sensitive emergencies. But, our team is made up of people from such diverse backgrounds and immense talents, that we feel we'd be remiss if we didn't also publish their thoughts and advice on leadership and life hacks, which apply to all of us whether we work in tech, as clinicians, or as hospital CEOs. Enjoy!

Last month, Alison brought you some tips for making new company and department goals that your team can actually stick to (and can make any time of year). But I wanted to expand on the old concept of new years resolutions from a more individual lens, since I think it’s safe to say that many of us can easily get down on ourselves for not sticking to those lofty ambitions. Let’s face it, it’s an all too familiar tale...

Topics: Leadership
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Leaders: Don't Confuse Communication with Engagement.

By Shane Elmore, RN on Jan 26, 2017

Here at Pulsara, our entire focus is on communication. When things break down in healthcare, the root cause is almost always a breakdown in communication. This communication breakdown is what drove our clinician founders to invent a solution so that our patients don't have to suffer for our mistakes. We believe that there is a communication crisis in healthcare that's costing hundreds of thousands of lives every year.

But communication alone cannot make teams fully effective -- no matter the advances in technology  -- if those teams are lacking engagement. From being in the field helping struggling teams, we've found that many confuse communication and engagement, and they are not the same. Whereas communication is defined as the imparting or exchanging of information or news, engagement is emotional involvement or commitment to a cause.

Topics: Leadership Healthcare
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Happy New Goals! Refresh Yourself and Your Workforce in the New Year or Anytime

By Alison Bruns on Jan 17, 2017

Whether you're a doctor, nurse, EMT, IT specialist, hospital administrator, tech company CEO, etc. etc. etc., it's crucial to take some regular time out to reflect on your career performance and focus on your goals for the future. But, New Years resolutions can tend to get lost under the pile of your other to-dos. So how can you help yourself and your team stick to your new goals? For one, you can eliminate the obstacles of ‘falling off the wagon’ by engaging your team in the practice and holding each other accountable for the goals you make. Also key is to consistently document the progress of the goals you make for yourself both personally and professionally. 

Topics: Leadership
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Ethics in EMS: 10 things you need to know to save lives

By Hannah Ostrem on Jan 10, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE:The following content originally appeared on EMS1.com as paid content sponsored by Pulsara. Special thanks to our guest blogger, Drew Rinella for EMS1 BrandFocus. Drew is the clinical coordinator for Bonner County EMS in rural North Idaho. He is a paramedic, public servant, and competition shooter. Drew is an advocate for quality in EMS and also blogs his crusade against bad EKGs in product advertising. 

Ethics is a major consideration in other allied health professions, but the topic rarely receives much attention in EMS. Here are ten concepts you need to know to be an ethical prehospital health care provider:

Topics: Leadership Healthcare
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Who's On First -- The Frightening Reality of Healthcare Communication

By Shane Elmore, RN on Dec 14, 2016

Who's on First is an original comedy skit that was made famous by Abbot and Costello back in the early 1940's. It's a classic illustration of two people talking, but it's as if they are speaking different languages. The longer the skit goes on, the funnier it gets. It's not that their understanding changes — quite the opposite in fact. They continue the conversation, but neither of them ever realizes where the breakdown in communication is happening.

Topics: Stroke STEMI Leadership
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Tis the Season of Balance: The Joy of Balancing Work & Holiday Fun

By Alison Bruns on Dec 07, 2016

Well, the holidays are upon us once again. This time of year creates buzz around the office, the company and worldwide. And regardless of your industry, a heightened sense of cheer and joy is often met with year-end deadlines and multiple after-hours commitments, not to mention what your personal life begs of you. While the season can be fraught with anxiety, stress and unhealthy habits, there is a way to navigate your way to a happy and balanced 2017!

Topics: Leadership
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From Hospital to Tech Company: For Success, Invest in Your People

By Hannah Ostrem on Nov 17, 2016

A young Pulsara team (circa 2014) poses on the lawn outside our first office.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Huge thanks to Shane Elmore, Blogger of the Year, for the topic of this blog post and for submitting the three top ways to invest in people. The rest of the post practically wrote itself!


"What is our company's greatest asset?" 

When Pulsara's Founder and CEO, Dr. James Woodson asked this question at an all-hands meeting recently, my mind jumped to the obvious -- We reduce time-to-treatment by 10-40%! Clearly, our biggest asset is our platform that helps care teams do their jobs more efficiently and improves treatment time outcomes for critical patients!

Topics: Leadership Healthcare
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Study Finds This Physician Behavior Reduces Death Rate by 28.4% in CABG Patients

By Hannah Ostrem on Nov 15, 2016

Pulsara was founded on the idea that teamwork, collaboration, and care coordination have the power to change lives. As such, we love to see great examples of the power of TEAMWORK in practice, and we believe that the value of TEAMS is greater than the sum of their parts, every time. 
Topics: Leadership Healthcare Communication
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How to Confront Burnout in Healthcare (and the rest of your life)

By Shane Elmore, RN on Nov 09, 2016

One of the most challenging things about working in a high-stress environment like a hospital is dealing with burnout. If you've been in healthcare for more than a day, you've probably met a nurse, doctor, or ancillary staff member who, for one reason or another, needs an attitude adjustment. If you've been doing it for more than two years, you have probably even been that person at some point. When it comes to burnout, it's usually easier for us to spot it in others long before we can see it in ourselves. Fortunately, there are some strategies you can employ to manage and reverse burnout. 

Topics: Leadership Healthcare
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The Top Skill to Master for Better Teamwork and Collaboration

By Shane Elmore, RN on Nov 01, 2016

“Argue like you’re right, and listen like you’re wrong.” It sounds simple, but remembering this advice can go a long way in helping you communicate more effectively with others on your team, whether in healthcare, technology, or any other field.

When I was in school, I always dreaded the time when report cards came out. There was only one part of the report card that ever worked in my favor … the conduct grade. Maybe this is just a Texas thing, but when all else failed, I could point to the “gets along well with others” part of the report card to make a case for how well things were going. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to keep me from being grounded and losing my rights to my Nintendo. 

Topics: Leadership
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WFBH Uses Code Sepsis Initiative to Reduce Mortality Index by More Than Half

By Hannah Ostrem on Oct 27, 2016

Though Pulsara was created to streamline acute care coordination and improve outcomes, it is key to remember that the Pulsara application is not a "magic bullet." Instead, Pulsara is one tool that should be used alongside refined, tested protocols which have as their goals to reduce time to treatment for all critical patients. Combined with such processes, Pulsara can help teams achieve industry-leading case times. 
One  example of a system that has successfully implemented such tactful protocols is Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) in Winston-Salem, NC. A recent article illustrated how the facility seamlessly manages sepsis patients thanks to the hospital's Code Sepsis initiative, launched in 2013.
Topics: Leadership Sepsis
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Pulsara CEO to Speak at WAVE Conference On Intersection of Communication and Data [Press Release]

By Team Pulsara on Oct 25, 2016

The healthcare technology company ESO is hosting the WAVE 2016 conference November 17-18 in Austin, TX to provide a venue to discuss healthcare interoperability, trends, data management, and the future of the healthcare industry. The company has invited Pulsara's founder and CEO, Dr. James Woodson, to speak at WAVE 2016. The Emergency Physician-turned-CEO will present about where healthcare communications and data to intersect.

Topics: Leadership Press
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Change is Here to Stay: What That Means for Healthcare and the Beloved Pager.

By Shane Elmore, RN on Oct 18, 2016

When it comes to communication in healthcare, do you ever feel like you're playing a game of "telephone?"

One of the most challenging aspects of living in the technological age is the speed of change. There was once a day when the person armed with the most knowledge and information had the upper hand. That's not the case in today's world. Instead, the person or company that can rapidly learn and adjust to changing trends, information, and technology will now lead the pack. Your ability to adapt to a rapidly changing world will be the one skill that separates you from your competition.

Topics: Stroke STEMI Leadership Sepsis Trauma Healthcare Communication