Digital and telemedical technologies streamline emergency care

Germany is applying innovative technologies to improve the speed and quality of care in health emergencies. In Aachen, every time an ambulance goes out on call, a specialist emergency doctor is "virtually" along for the ride.

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The doctor is specialized in telemedicine and emergency service. Rather than attending at the scene, the physician is based at a telemedical hub and assesses data being transmitted in real time to advise the team handling the emergency on site.

The P3 Telemedical Assistance for Emergency Services system was developed by P3 Telehealthcare GmbH. In the three years it has been in use, the system has been successfully used for more than 9,000 emergency missions in Aachen and Euskirchen.

The innovative technology has three main components. One is the smartphone-based alarm solution corhelp3r, which transmits alerts, navigates to the accident site, and provides support to first responders during resuscitation. 

Next is the emergency telemedical service operated by P3. It allows round-the-clock, reliable and secure mobile communication of patient data, such as vital signs, to a qualified telemedicine emergency doctor in real time. Finally, there is the Preclinical Notification System – PreNoS. It supplies advance digital information to clinical care providers, such as the patient’s arrival time and health status, while they are being transported to the hospital by emergency services.

Recently, the town of Greifswald began using the system for its emergency services. Some say this is just the first step in the spread of technology that has the potential to revolutionize emergency care throughout Germany.

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