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In Motion Technology, the leader in mobile networking technologies that efficiently connect and manage equipment, information and people in the field, today announced that Frisbie Memorial Hospital, a community hospital serving Rochester, New Hampshire and the surrounding communities, has chosen the company's mobile networking solution to improve communications and increase efficiency of its emergency operations.
"We initially purchased In Motion’s onBoard Mobile Gateway to track vehicles and send patient cardiac information from the field to the emergency room," said John Levitow, Frisbie Memorial Hospital’s Director of EMS. "Today, we have expanded its use across our fleet and rely on the Gateway to help us manage our vehicles, equipment and medications, as well as our overall administration. It is an indispensible part of our entire emergency operation."
The Gateway turns Frisbie emergency vehicles into rolling wireless hotspots, providing seamless, secure connectivity to laptops, ECG machines, RFID tags and vehicle diagnostic systems. In Motion's Mobility Manager scans and analyzes information from Gateways in the field to provide management staff with a virtual dashboard of information about vehicles, devices and networks on a map.
Together, these powerful, easy-to-use tools provide the hospital with a comprehensive solution to connect, track and manage its entire mobile operation, offering:
Improved Cardiac Care. With the Gateway, medics can transmit diagnostic-quality ECG information to the ER before the patient arrives at the hospital. Doctors can make preliminary diagnoses, direct care and, when necessary, reroute vehicles to the region’s heart center. This allows Frisbie to ensure heart attack victims receive the right treatment in the shortest amount of time, reducing long-term complications and improving outcomes for the patient.
Improved Fleet and Financial Management. Because the Gateway enables administrative staff to precisely track mileage for each call, the hospital can now accurately and efficiently invoice insurance companies for patient transport. By monitoring miles driven on each vehicle, the hospital has improved vehicle maintenance and budgeting for fleet replacements.
Enhanced Fleet Safety. The Gateway enables Frisbie to monitor vehicle speeds and receive alerts when vehicles exceed preset thresholds. Armed with this information, Frisbie can identify unsafe operations, provide drivers with additional training, and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Loss and Theft Prevention. Using RFID tags on ECG machines and other expensive gear, Frisbie is now able to track equipment, and prevent theft or loss. If a vehicle leaves a scene without a key piece of equipment, medics are notified immediately.
Medication Safeguards. RFID tags in medicine bags and cabinets in ambulances alert hospital staff if they are exposed to temperature extremes that could compromise their effectiveness or safety. Frisbie staff can now also monitor when medicine bags are outside of a vehicle, and for how long, and receive alerts if an ambulance leaves a scene without them.
Reduced Response Times. Equipped with the latest GPS technology, the Gateway allows EMS staff to know the precise location, direction and speed of ambulances at all times and dispatch the closest unit to the scene.
Today, the Gateway is improving operations in ways that hospital staff never anticipated during the initial deployment. Now, they are considering additional applications for the hotspot technology, including telemedicine and Internet voice and video.
"In Motion Technology puts a wealth of real time data about vehicles, equipment, medications and patients at our fingertips," said John Levitow, Frisbie Memorial Hospital's Director of EMS. "The more data I have from the field, the better I can manage my operations, and the better service we provide to the community."
"Unlike other mobile networking devices on the market today, In Motion Technology provides a complete communications and management solution," said Tony Morris, In Motion's VP of Sales and Marketing. "We are proud to help EMS providers like Frisbie Memorial Hospital achieve the most reliable emergency communications, and the most efficient operations."
About Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Frisbie Memorial Hospital is an acute care community hospital located in Rochester, New Hampshire. Founded in 1919, it offers a broad range of services in a modern facility equipped with advanced medical technology. Frisbie Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit hospital, serving the greater Rochester communities.
About In Motion Technology Inc.
In Motion Technology is the leader in mobile networking technologies that connect and manage equipment, information and people in the field. In Motion’s patented Mobile Wireless Hot Spot System (US Patent #7,382,771) turns each vehicle into a secure, mobile communications hotspot that enables people on the road to stay in constant contact, as onboard communications roam seamlessly across wireless networks. It provides organizations with real-time information to manage operations to peak efficiency, and frees individuals to be effective anywhere, anytime. Today, In Motion’s solutions are used by more than 300 municipal, healthcare, public safety, transportation and utility organizations worldwide. For more information, please call Stephanie Hughes-White (In Motion Technology Inc.) at 604.523.2371 ext.541 or visit www.inmotiontechnology.com.