it, I thought this is going to be fabulous in bringing down our time [to get stroke patients] to treatment.”
With more detailed information, hospitals can assign rooms to patients before they arrive. This helps enable EMS staff to hand off patients more quickly to the emergency departments and get back into their truck to respond to the next emergency.
“We had our first crew try it Wednesday, and the guys loved it,” said Capt. Wil Sanchez, Emergency Medical Services coordinator at Apopka Fire Department. “They could start the call immediately, where before they had to wait to get close to the hospital before they radioed in the information.”
In order for the system to work, both hospitals and local EMS systems have to implement it. The app is free for EMS. Hospitals pay an annual subscription fee.
Hall of Florida Hospital said she is currently in talks with several EMS systems in Central Florida about implementing Twiage.
Hui said more than 50 hospitals in 11 states have so far implemented Twiage.
One hospital system in Massachusetts has reduced by 30 percent the time it takes for a patient to get to a room after arrival at the ER. The amount of time that EMS staff have had to wait in the ER before heading back out to the field was cut by 65 percent, Hui said.
“We really think Twiage has the chance to become the standard system for EMS and hospitals nationwide,” he said. “We think it can help hospitals to not only improve outcomes but really reduce the cost by alerting them earlier what patients are on the way to the hospital.”