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Acadian Ambulance updates first responders with rugged Motion tablets

by Michael Singer

September 30 2013

The Motion F5t works in an offline mode and updates automatically whenever the EMTs stop at a Wi-Fi hotspot
The Motion F5t works in an offline mode and updates automatically whenever the EMTs stop at a Wi-Fi hotspot

One of the largest private ambulance services in the US is in the process of upgrading its more than 400 emergency vehicles with ruggedized tablet computers.

Acadian Ambulance, which is headquartered out of Lafayette, Louisiana, announced recently that it is deploying F5t rugged tablet computers from Motion Computing across their fleet for mobile dispatch and electronic patient care recording.

The company’s fleet includes more than 400 ambulances, eight medical transport helicopters and five fixed-wing aircraft. The company and its subsidiaries provide service to a multitude of Louisiana parishes; Jackson County, Mississippi; and parts of Texas. Having a portable patient information system that could stand the rigors of first responders was critical, say Acadian officials.

“When we began looking for an electronic patient care record solution to improve our efficiencies and service to our patients and communities, we had specific requirements in mind,” said Joey Branton, Director of Technology at Acadian Health. “In addition to the hardware and software working together, the hardware needed to be highly mobile and very durable with a powerful processor. Our field users quickly embraced the technology- which made the roll-out smoother and faster.”

Upgrading from a pen tablet

The Motion Computing devices replace the company’s use of Fujitsu's Stylistic 1200 pen tablet computers throughout its organization. While the Fujitsu tablets were portable and easy to use, they lacked a way to document patient care at the time of the incident.  Acadian also noted that the upgraded ruggedized computers would be more efficient in reducing paper use and improving electronic patient healthcare records.

EMTs and paramedics with the new rugged tablets have incident location and information pushed out to them from dispatch. On the scene, the first responders begin documenting medical records on the tablets. The point-of-care system works in an offline mode and updates automatically whenever the Wi-Fi- enabled Motion Tablet detects the secure network is available on each ambulance.

The Motion tablets also work seamlessly with Sansio HealthEMS software and Acadian’s back-office systems to optimize EMT and paramedic field work, Branton noted.

(Ruggedized tablets and other mobile devices are gaining in popularity in market sectors such as construction, military, and healthcare. Download this whitepaper now to help you navigate the terms and acronyms so you can make informed decisions.)

Michael Singer is the Business Editor for TabTimes

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