GovBytes: First Responders Using Wi-Fi to Save Seconds and Lives

According to an article over at GovTech, an Emergency Medical Services Division in Rowan, N.C., has equipped all of its ambulances with Wi-Fi platforms that transmit valuable information to doctors before arriving at the hospital.The information sends vital signs, heart rhythms (to detect for potential heart attack), and brings up patient medical history.

"Also inside the ambulances, cardiac monitors are connected to the communication platforms so if a patient is suffering from a potential heart attack, the information regarding the individual’s heart rhythm is transmitted to the hospital before the ambulance’s arrival, said Frank Thomason, Rowan County Chief of Emergency Services."

Computers at the hospital that are wired into the system receive the information in an e-mail, which includes a graph showing the patient's cardiac information.

What do you think of this system? Are there any potential problems that could arise?

Wi-Fi Platform Sends Lifesaving Data Between Ambulances, Hospitals

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