This month, the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation distributed 114 iPads to use in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s current electronic Patient Care Record (ePCR) devices on all Advanced Life Support (ALS) and assessment units.
The Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau applied for a grant through the Foundation’s “We Hear You” program to receive the iPads as part of a pilot program. The “We Hear You” program is designed to fund equipment, pilot programs or other ideas suggested by Department personnel. The goal of this iPad pilot program is to enhance the Department’s ALS assessment fee, improving log files and ePCR documentation.
“The iPad represents the latest technology available to our team members in the field,” said Battalion Chief Bryan Wells of the EMS Bureau. “Documentation of what happens on a call is critically important for both the patient and crew members. By placing the iPads on the ALS units, we expect to see enhanced documentation and greater compliance of Zoll case file uploads.”
“Our paramedics needed reliable devices. The Foundation’s Board was eager to support this innovative solution,” said Sean Kingsbury, a member of the Foundation’s Board “I’m proud of our Foundation for buying, programming and mobilizing 100+ iPads in just six weeks. We want our Fire Department personnel to know when there are gaps, the Foundation wants to help where we can. Our Board looks forward to hearing how this investment improves employee morale, patient care and creates other efficiencies.”