Caddo Parish, LA Integrates Mobile EMS Data with BIO-key FireRMSÔ
Implementation of first phase of Mobile EMS dramatically enhances first responder productivity
Wall, N.J. – Feb 22, 2005 - BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), the leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, announced today that Caddo Parish, LA has completed the first phase of deploying a state-of-the-art EMS field data collection solution. The new mobile product developed by HealthWare Solutions brings critical EMS data from the field in real-time directly into BIO-key’s FireRMS™ records system. This eliminates the time-consuming process of manually entering over 28,000 patient care reports per year and significantly improves accuracy.
Once fully deployed, emergency medical personnel responding to incidents will capture patient demographics, medical interventions, vital signs and other information on a ruggedized pen tablet while in the field. That same information is sent to their records system, automatically populating the appropriate fields in the incident report.
Arthur Meacham, the Systems Administrator for Caddo Parish 911 Communications says, “Providing our EMS personnel with an electronic means for completing a report and then linking that back to our records system is invaluable. Our first responders spent countless hours with the old paper system writing out reports and then coming into the station to re-enter the data into the computer.” Meacham goes on to say that “the system also eliminates transcription errors and improves the overall quality of the data collected.”
“BIO-key is committed to providing first responders complete solutions to streamline their operations so they can focus on the protection and safety of their community,” said Mike Depasquale, CEO of BIO-key International. “Strategic partnerships with companies such as HealthWare demonstrate our company’s strength and leadership in the fire solutions market.”
BIO-key develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key's mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. BIO-key's high-performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 2,500 police, fire and emergency services departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for public safety worldwide. (http://www.bio-key.com)
About HealthWare Solutions
HealthWare Solutions has been developing EMS software for 15 years, distinguishing itself with a sound history of highly functioning systems that grow with the needs and demands of the industry. HealthWare Solutions’ EMS Solution 2000 Suite™ electronic patient care reporting program helps agencies coordinate, streamline and improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of emergency medical care. All modules in EMS Solution 2000 Suite™ are simple, logical, and intuitive to minimize training and optimize speed and accuracy. EMS Solution 2000 Suite™ assists you in easily fulfilling your needs for future planning, protocol compliance monitoring and development, growth management, unit placement and staffing, QA and improvement, customer satisfaction, and much more. With an installation base of over 300 customers, representing thousands of end-users, HealthWare Solutions’ has the experience you can count on! (www.healthwaresolutions.com)
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