National Survey Finds EMS-Based Community Paramedicine Can Improve Patient Care, Lower Costs
CLINTON, Miss. - More than 100 emergency medical services (EMS) agencies in 33 states and the District of Columbia have launched mobile integrated healthcare or community paramedicine programs, a new national survey finds.
In mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine (MIH-CP), EMS partners with hospitals, home health agencies, physicians groups, nursing homes and mental health facilities, to address the healthcare needs of a community in innovative ways. MIH-CP is part of a broad shift in our nation's healthcare goals that is moving emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics away from solely responding to 911 calls to preventing 911 calls before they occur and improving the overall health of communities.
The survey was conducted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), which represents more than 50,000 of the nation's EMTs, paramedics and other emergency responders. Key findings from EMS agencies operating MIH-CP programs include:
"EMS is a 24-7 mobile workforce, available in almost every community in the nation. Now, with the launch of MIH-CP programs, EMTs and paramedics can help prevent the need for costly emergency transports to the hospital," said Matt Zavadsky, an NAEMT board member and public affairs director for MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Ft. Worth." This survey deepens our understanding of the grassroots-level innovation being spearheaded by EMS professionals as they seek to better serve their patients and their communities." Continue>
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Posted in: Community | July 22, 2013