On Mon, 15 Jun 1998, Battan, Keith wrote:
> Has anyone successfully provided a web site which EMS personnel can access
> to obtain follow-up on the pts they have brought in??
> Substantial security and confidentiality issues exist. Have any unique
> identifiers or passwords been used to allow EMS behind the firewall??
This is an absolutely fantastic idea. As a paramedic, I frequently
double-check to insure the care I provided was appropriate and enough.
As a person, I am very i tune with my patients needs and like to follow-up
to see how they did. Normally, I either call the hospital and speak with
a nurse or just go there later when I'm off-duty.
The web page idea is certainly with the current trend toward automation
and computer technologies. However, as stated, security is an issue.
One possible answer, in addition to password access, is to post only data
about the patient care / condition. If the name was not posted, then the
information becomes less sensitive. Many ambulance providers use numbered
forms to detail the patient information, vital signs, care given, etc.
The numbers from these forms could be the key used to look-up the patient
information. The number would only be available to the hospital and
ambulance personnel, and it is a number not associated in any other way
with the patient.
Again, this is a great idea. But the logistics could be difficult.
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