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Medical Center recognized for cardiac arrest data work

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been recognized for its innovative work gathering data on cardiac arrest victims.
Jason Grady, paramedic and Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI coordinator, accepted the award from Constellation Research on behalf of NGMC.

“In order to improve communication between paramedics and Department regarding the care a cardiac patient has — or hasn’t — received before he or she arrives at the hospital, we created an easy-to-use, Web-based questionnaire for EMS to complete,” Grady said.

After researching different technologies allowing first responders to convey vital information accurately, Grady and his team selected the combination of Smartsheet’s collaborative project management software and Apple’s iPad. They worked with The Heart Center of NGMC’s physicians to create a Web-based form with 19 cardiac patient information questions that can be completed in seconds.

Once the form is submitted, the care team is updated instantly and cardiologists can view the information on mobile devices en route to the emergency department, saving time in creating treatment plans.

“For heart attack patients, seconds count, and improved communication means improved patient care,” said Tom Edwards, director of Heart & Vascular services at NGMC. “This award from a national group reinforces that NGMC is advancing cardiac care beyond our community and state.”

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