Communications system links emergency care
Virginia’s first-of-its-kind Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program has launched, connecting all emergency departments in the state — Culpeper to Warrenton, Front Royal to UVA — and facilitating near real-time communication and collaboration among health care providers, health plans, clinical and care management personnel for patients receiving emergency medical services. The program also integrates the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program and the Advance Healthcare Directive Registry.
“With this secure technology we can provide emergency medical personnel with access to a patient’s critical medical information in a timely way, which will increase effective and efficient care, avoid duplicative tests, reduce unnecessary costs, and improve health outcomes,” says Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.
“Near real-time, up-to-date information in an emergency department can assist health care providers in so many ways, from treating patients with chronic disease to knowing what medications to avoid prescribing to a patient with allergies,” says Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Daniel Carey. “When you have the right care and the right information in the right setting, you are able to make the best decision for the individual patient.”
Virginia is the first state in the nation to connect all of its emergency department systems in this way.