EasCare Ambulance Service-one of the newest members of the Council- is part of a pilot program that could revolutionize emergency medical care. The pilot program allows emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to offer basic medical services in the comfort of the patient’s home, instead of transporting him or her to an emergency room.
Paramedicine, also referred to as mobile integrated health care, is receiving increased attention as federal and state laws pressure the health care industry to control costs. EasCare partnered with the Commonwealth Care Alliance to create its own paramedicine service. Among the problems EMTs in the program addressed were medication concerns, anxiety, and respiratory issues. During the course of the pilot program, the in-home services of EMTs saved many patients from having to be transported to the ER and other patients with persistent illnesses from having to be readmitted to the hospital.
“This really changes the whole way EMS is going to approach patients. Sometimes we wondered if we really needed to take them to the hospital. Is there something we could have done for them in their home? This will give us that opportunity,” said Greg Davis, project manager at EasCare in a Boston Globe article last year.
The New England Council applauds EasCare Ambulance Service for its work to make healthcare more innovative, convenient and cost-efficient for patients.
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