Implementation of a computerized management information system in an urban fire department

Terence D. Valenzuela, Kevin T. Keeley, Elizabeth A. Criss, Daniel W. Spaite, Harvey W. Meislin

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Abstract

An important aspect in the effective management of an emergency medical services system is the ability to monitor system performance. To provide this information on a timely basis, a comprehensive data collection system is required. We describe the design, implementation, use, and effect of a comprehensive, computerized data retrieval system within an urban fire department. Building on a data collection system already in place, it was possible to minimize the cost and accelerate the training process. A comparison is included between the different type of systems available for use with prehospital providers. Use of prehospital data collection systems results in more in-depth understanding of system operations and the status of prehospital medical care provided to the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-578
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1989

Keywords

  • emergency medical services, data collection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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