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Lake Huron Medical Center is the first hospital to go live with ESO Health Data Exchange (HDE) in St. Clair County. ESO HDE is a groundbreaking, award-winning software platform that provides the hospital with a timely report of the care provided by emergency medical service (EMS) providers in the ambulance. This information is critical to ensuring a patient receives fast, appropriate intervention by the physician upon arrival to the hospital. Not only does the hospital quickly receive EMS information but for the first time EMS agencies will now have access to patient follow-up and outcome data.

“We continue to look for ways to provide the best possible healthcare to our community,” commented Pat Roberts, Interim Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer, Lake Huron Medical Center. “Improving communication and strengthening the relationship with our EMS partners and getting access to vital patient information in a simple and more effective way will help us better care for our patients. HDE will help us accomplish this goal.”

Benefits for Lake Huron Medical Center include:

  • Ensuring continuity in the patient care record for greater efficiency and effectiveness

  • Increasing timeliness of patient information being shared with emergency departments to improve patient outcomes

  • Creating a digitally-driven record sharing ecosystem that provides easy access to important clinical information, eliminating the need for unnecessary paperwork

  • Sharing of data with EMS to close the clinical loop and help improve patient outcomes in the field

“By streamlining the way we communicate and share data with first responders in the region, we are advancing the already exceptional care we provide for our patients at Lake Huron Medical Center,” commented Mark Ford, EMS Liaison, Lake Huron Medical Center. “Integrating the data systems not only helps hospital clinicians improve bedside decision-making but it also helps EMS agencies provide better care.”

“The implementation of the HDE program between EMS agencies and our hospitals is a significant accomplishment toward improving patient care for both EMS agencies and the hospital,” says Kenneth A. Cummings, President and CEO of Tri-Hospital EMS (THEMS). “HDE allows for near real time exchange of patient and clinical information between THEMS and our hospital partners here in St. Clair County.”

“Finally, our department’s quality managers and providers have timely access to patient outcomes to assure our firefighters are consistently providing the highest standard of care,” says Thomas M. Konik, Chief of the Marysville Department of Public Safety. “ESO Health Data Exchange bridges the long-standing information gap between hospitals and EMS.”

Prime Healthcare, a leading healthcare system with 45 hospitals in 14 states – including Lake Huron Medical Center, selected ESO Health Data Exchange (HDE) to pilot in four of its hospitals in Division II. The four hospitals are: St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.; St. Mary’s Medical Center, Blue Springs, Mo.; Lake Huron Medical Center, Port Huron, Mich.; and Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

“I cannot stress enough how revolutionary this program is for EMS,” added Cummings. “This program will make our EMS system more efficient, improve patient safety, and make a meaningful difference in the quality of care delivered to patients.”