How the integration of Emergency Medical Services with Health Information Systems enhances quality of service
By Ye Xia, Yajie Zhou, Xueyan Liu, Na Zhao and Silu Xiao
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provide the first response and medical support to emergency cases. Whilst the United States of America has a reputation for having world-leading medical technology, this paper from students at The University of Melbourne shows that a lack of information integration amongst support systems can reduce the effectiveness of even the best medical systems. Applications and data that support staff working in the various stages of EMS, from first responder ambulance officers to emergency room doctors and follow up care staff, must securely and accurately share patient information for medical professionals to provide the best possible patient outcomes.
The paper analyses the various issues faced by the US medical system, particularly in information sharing, and how EA, and specifically TOGAF® can be used to improve delivery of emergency services through more accurate and timely sharing of critical patient data via a properly designed architecture.
The paper has been created under the supervision of Dr Rod Dilnutt, School of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne.