Paramedics Begin Using Laptop
In an effort to further streamline EMS operations and maintain
compliance with the state, Paramedics recently began utilizing laptop computers to complete their trip
reports. Beginning January 1, 2011, The Georgia Office of EMS is requiring all EMS services in the state to
begin submitting patient care reports and other call related information to them electronically. By
submitting this information to the state, specific call data can more easily be compiled to reflect specific
information being sought by the state or the individual agencies related to calls, patient demographics and
Utilizing Sansio© Software from Health EMS, Paramedic are now able to complete their trip
reports on the way to the emergency room following treatment being provided to the patient. Once the patient is
transferred to awaiting staff, required signatures are obtained as well as pertinent patient information, and the
crew returns to the county. As the crew is returning, the trip report is completed and then faxed through the
laptop computer back to the receiving facility. This decreases the time that the ambulances are out of the county
and unable to respond to calls.
Another important feature of Sansio© is decreased billing times. Once reports are completed in the computer, the
shift supervisor reviews the report for accuracy and submits the report for billing. Our contracted billing
company; Emergency Billing LLC, has access to the billing feature of Sansio© which will allow calls to be
billed in less than fourty eight hours which will improve collections and speed of payments.
Four department employees traveled to Minnesota and received three days
of training on how to program Sansio© to be correctly utilized by EMS employees in the field. Once the
programming was completed, all EMS employees received training on the use of Sansio© while preparing for
its implementation. To keep the laptops secure and employees safe while riding in the cab of the ambulance, mounts
were installed in each of the departments six front line units and in two spare units. The laptops and mounts were
purchased with a grant the department received from the state.