DHS Supports Development of Wireless Patient Vital Signs Monitoring

“EMS providers base many lifesaving decisions upon patients’ vital signs.   When the EMS community asked for a technology that would wirelessly connect sensors to a lighter, smaller monitor, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) was glad to take up the challenge.  While there are many portable instruments for monitoring pulse and heart rate, oxygen saturation (SpO2), electrocardiogram (EKG), blood pressure, temperature and respiration rate in the field, they are often cumbersome and must be connected with wires to various physiological sensors. The more medical information needed, the more sensors and wires are required.

These wires tether the paramedic to the patient, even when moving up and down stairways and through tight spaces, take up valuable space in ambulances and aircraft, and create potential confusion and entanglement problems.”  Read the article at EMS World.  http://www.emsworld.com/article/11287919/wireless-patient-vital-signs-monitoring

And watch the video at DHS’s First Responders website.  FirstResponder.gov provides first responders with information on technology, resources, products, programs, standards, testing and evaluation, and best practices.  FirstResponder.gov is offered by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate.  S&T’s mission is to strengthen America’s security and resiliency by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise. http://www.firstresponder.gov/SitePages/ResponderNews/VideoGalleryDisplay.aspx?Video=23

FirstNet Board Approves Strategic Roadmap

On March 11, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board voted to proceed toward several important milestones along the authority’s preliminary strategic roadmap that will assist in developing a definitive business plan, along with comprehensive state-based outreach and consultation plans.  http://firstnet.gov/news/firstnet-board-directors-meets-strategic-roadmap

The approved roadmap focuses on several milestones required for the development of a definitive business plan including:  Continue reading

NPSTC Welcomes New FirstNet Website

NPSTC Welcomes the New FirstNet Website, firstnet.gov

FFirstNet logoirstNet was created to be a force-multiplier for first responders – to give public safety 21st century communication tools to help save lives, solve crimes and keep our communities and emergency responders safe. To do that, FirstNet will build a new Band Class 14 network designed to be reliable, functional, safe and secure, and provide optimal levels of operational capability at all times. For the first time, public safety communications will be based on commercial standards. This will bring the benefits of lower costs, consumer-driven economies of scale and rapid evolution of advanced communication capabilities.

NTIA Working with States on FirstNet Planning

February 28, 2014

by Stephen Fletcher, Associate Administrator of the Office of Public Safety Communications

As part of our efforts to help ensure the success of the nation’s first nationwide public safety broadband network, NTIA this week hosted the first of two workshops to help states and territories provide input and prepare for the launch of the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) network.

This week’s workshop, held in Atlanta for Eastern states, allowed attendees to meet with FirstNet officials on the progress of state consultation and planning for the public safety network. A second workshop is scheduled for March 11-12 in Phoenix for Western states. Continue reading