In Emergencies the EMS Physician is available Online
The research project ”TemRas – Telemedical Rescue Assistance System“ performed in Aachen, Germany, implements an innovative concept of quality improvement in emergency care. Since telemedicine has already proven to enhance quality in several areas of medicine it is now exploited in emergencies as well, especially to improve the treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases.
The project’s objectives are the further development, as well as the usage of telemedical assistance in emergency services in North Rhine-Westphalia, one of the economically most powerful states of Germany. By the means of information technology, this system offers the opportunity for the EMS personnel to contact a tele-EMS physician for immediate support during emergency missions. A tele-EMS physician is a highly qualified physician working in a teleconsultation center which is accessible via mobile communication technology. Not only audio data, but also the patient’s vital parameters as well as video streaming from the ambulance are instantly transferred from the emergency site to the tele-EMS physician to enable direct medical support. Especially in cases when no EMS physician is available on site, immediate qualified support can be lifesaving.
In particular, the care of cardiovascular diseases will be enhanced by this information network between teleconsultation center and medical care facilities. Starting 2012, there will be ambulances equipped with telemedical devices and connected to the teleconsultation center available in each of the five selected EMS districts in North Rhine-Westphalia.
In addition to the project’s coordination by the Institute of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, the clinic of Anaesthesiology of the University Hospital Aachen, P3 communications, as well as Philips Healthcare and 3M Medica are involved in the establishment of the system.
TemRas was funded from 2010 to 2013 by the EU (EFRE-Fonds) and the MIWF (Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia) as part of the Medical-Technology-Cluster “innovating medical technology in.nrw”.