The EMS Working Group is examining the operational use cases for prehospital telemedicine (video and picture images). While the field of video conferencing and multi-media messaging technology is advancing quickly, there is no consensus in the health care community on how it should be used most effectively.
For example, is there a benefit to having a paramedic stream live video of a burn patient to the Emergency Department or is a snapshot picture sufficient to visualize the severity of the injury? Would a video clip of a field stroke assessment be sufficient for the ED or Neuro team or would live video be better? Would pictures or a video clip from an accident scene help the trauma team prepare? Would EMS system medical directors or online medical control physicians prefer to visualize and interact with a diabetic patient in their home before authorizing an EMS crew to not transport the patient for evaluation, or simply to document a refusal?
The results of this questionnaire will be incorporated into a formal report on public safety video in EMS and presented to the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee. We will also provide each respondent to this questionnaire with a copy of the report. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or need further information.
This questionnaire will close on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time.
We would appreciate your forwarding this message to your local EMS agencies, EMS Medical Directors and Hospital ED/Trauma Center directors.
Paul Patrick, EMS Working Group Chair
National Public Safety Telecommunications Council