December 14, 2009 - Ceremony Honors Toronto EMS

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  Kim McKinnon
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Toronto Emergency Medical Services


EMS Service Wins Prestigious Merit and Diamond Technical Innovation Awards for Implementation

EMS Toronto CeremonyDecember 14, 2009—Toronto, Canada—Malcolm Bates, Director, Emergency Health Services, Land/Air from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, was among those on hand last week at Toronto EMS headquarters in Canada to acknowledge the department and over 60 EMS staff who were involved in the implementation of the city’s RescueNet® ePCR system, which recently won a Merit and Diamond Award for technological innovation from both the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario.  These awards were formally presented at Showcase Ontario and the Toronto Innovation Showcase earlier this fall, but this was the first time the entire team was together to receive a formal recognition.

Responding to more than 235,000 emergency calls annually, Toronto EMS is the largest municipal paramedic ambulance service in Canada and one of the most comprehensive pre-hospital emergency care systems in the world as well as the largest implementation of RescueNet ePCR worldwide. As the single provider of emergency medical response for the City of Toronto, servicing a district encompassing 650 square kilometres (approx. 403 square miles) with a daytime population of 3.5 million people, Toronto EMS treats more than 500 patients per day, each requiring a patient care report.  

With the award-winning RescueNet eCPR technology, paramedics now use a wireless touch screen tablet at the patient’s side to document their patient assessment and treatment.   This information, plus biometrics, such as electrocardiograms, is then transmitted wirelessly to the receiving emergency department to permit continuing patient care. Paramedics can seamlessly connect to the system without the need for specialized cables, or connections. 

Custom tailored by Toronto EMS to big city requirements, RescueNet ePCR has solved many of the daily challenges its 900 paramedics face in a busy metropolitan area, and is a foundation for future integration into Ontario’s electronic health records initiative.   The system-wide implementation delivers computer technology to patient care reporting, resulting in dramatic improvements in efficiency, giving paramedic crews more time to spend with patients.

“EPCR is a concrete example of how information technology is vital to refining and improving the way we perform our duties and how a user-friendly, technology-based information system can significantly contribute in many ways to advancing the timeliness, expediency and quality of patient care,” said Mr. Bates in his remarks.

“This effort is a major accomplishment to support our service to the community and to support the work of our paramedics. The beauty of this data management system is that it centralizes information and links the entire pre-hospital chain of events, (assessment, management and treatment) into a single system,” said Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr. “Patient privacy is maintained while achieving an improvement in the speed with which patient data can be transmitted.

Also on hand to congratulate the team were Deputy Chief Alan Craig, and Jonathan Rennert, President, and Ward Hamilton, Senior Vice President, Zoll Medical Corporation, manufacturer of RescueNet ePCR.


About Toronto

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. 

RescueNet ePCR Suite

The RescueNet ePCR Suite is a complete electronic patient care reporting solution that combines the proven, easy-to-use TabletPCR product with a web-based PCR editor (RescueNet WebPCR) and advanced document routing for better QA/QI. It’s designed to capture and allow access to all pre-hospital patient, clinical and system information on tablet PCs and mobile computers. The RescueNet ePCR Suite simplifies data input and improves access to information. It offers dynamically configurable screens to capture patient care data, an easy-to-use touch-screen user interface, advanced reporting of all data captured in the field, a graphical, configurable workflow, and a web-based solution for reviewing and editing patient care reports.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data management, fluid resuscitation, and therapeutic temperature management, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies which help clinicians, EMS and fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and critical care.

A NASDAQ Global Select company and a Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Company for the past three years, ZOLL develops and manufactures its products in the United States, in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. More than 400 direct sales and service representatives, 1,100 business partners, and 200 independent representatives serve our customers in over 140 countries around the globe.

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