ACEP Frontline Podcast features FirstNet, Highlights Network's Ability to Help Improve Patient Care

September 6, 2017
With FirstNet’s advanced broadband capabilities, treating physicians receive more and better organized information that allows for improved clinical and operational decisions.
With FirstNet’s advanced broadband capabilities, treating physicians receive more and better organized information that allows for improved clinical and operational decisions.

FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis and FirstNet Senior EMS Advisor, Brent Williams, sat down with Dr. Ryan Stanton, producer of the American College of Emergency Physician’s (ACEP) podcast “Frontline” to discuss the role the FirstNet network will play advancing emergency communications for emergency physicians and technicians. 

In August 2017, McGinnis and Williams participated in an in-depth conversation with Dr. Stanton, a Board-certified emergency room physician in Lexington, Kentucky to discuss topics related to FirstNet, including the capabilities and benefits of the network to emergency medicine and patient care in rural America. 

In this podcast, McGinnis and Williams discusses how FirstNet will change the way information is received and patient care is administered by emergency medical technicians.

What FirstNet will allow us to do is to have everyone in communication in real time.” McGinnis says during the podcast. “By accessing dozens of databases, it will be possible to learn the status of helicopter availability or the status of the patient we’re working on with video or telemetry. All of that can be available to everyone on the team helping the patient.”

Currently, when a patient reaches the emergency room, ER physicians often rely on second hand information to make important, life-saving decisions. With FirstNet’s advanced broadband capabilities, treating physicians receive more and better organized information that allows for improved clinical and operational decisions.  

FirstNet will give you timely and better presented information.” says Williams when discussing how FirstNet will benefit patient care in the ER. “This will maximize your effectiveness in the ER, as you work with your colleagues in the field.”

McGinnis also discussed how FirstNet will extend its reach beyond the traditionally served populations in large or urban areas by making telemedicine and community paramedicine programs possible in the most rural parts of the U.S.

Community paramedicine is going to buy us power without the added training or cost.” McGinnis says noting the benefits of telemedicine while also increasing access and quality of care in rural areas. 

Since its inception, FirstNet has worked closely with emergency medical personnel to help them gain access to more advanced technologies with the deployment of the network. In the coming weeks, FirstNet plans to participate in EMS events hosted in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. In October, FirstNet will also address several key industry conferences as featured speakers, such as the International Association of EMS Chiefs (IAEMSC), National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) and EMS World.  Also, please stop by the FirstNet booth to say hello. 

Thanks to Dr. Stanton, Producer of ACEP’s Frontline and his staff for hosting FirstNet on the show. To see the full version of the podcast, please visit one of the links below.  

ACEP Frontline on Apple Podcasts

FirstNet episode on Stitcher
 

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