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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.”

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