EMS Insider Article

May 4, 2015    |   By: Calevir

Allison J Bloom, Esq., and Lee Varner, BS EMS, EMT-P, Center for Patient Safety EMS Project Manager, recently joined up to write an article for EMS Insider.  Read full article in May 2015 EMS Insider Newsletter.

Using Advanced Technology to Pursue Quality & Best Practices
By Allison J. Bloom, Esq. & Lee Varner, BS EMS, EMT-P

Let’s say you have recently returned from a conference or trade show, where you found a great new piece of technology that you want to implement in your agency. Or, maybe you have been tasked with sourcing a new piece of software or technology to enhance the care and services your agency provides in your community. Before you go jumping off the proverbial bridge into the new technology lake, you owe it to yourself and your agency to ask two very important and fundamental questions: 1) what do I need to do to protect and implement the technology on a local level from a best practice standpoint? And, 2) how can I protect the data coming through that piece of technology from being used by attorneys to find fault regarding our quality efforts?

It is no secret that EMS providers are fond of “bright, shiny, new objects.” If it’s cool and it’s new and it will make our jobs easier, we want it! However, recent articles and   commentary by leading scientists and experts are sounding the alarm about artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on our society. Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have both indicated that we have a window of   opportunity to understand, as well place controls around, new technologies, because the consequences of AI are far reaching and could impact our future far beyond our current understanding.

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