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Why EPCR Is So Important For Paramedics

Written by Jimmy Rustling

Resolving emergencies requires efficiency. When lives are on the line, nothing matters more than responding quickly. For these reasons, implementing software capable of logging necessary information without complicating usability is critical for today’s responders.

With an EMS management system focused on improving efficiency and user simplicity, reports can be submitted quickly and easily so that information is accurate and consistent across systems. Software that can send patient reports over at the speed that is needed to help those in crises is a must. With these systems, healthcare providers can respond proactively as they’re notified of incoming patients en route to the hospital.

EPCR aims to improve the recordkeeping and operations of paramedics and other EMS workers. With such efficient reporting and sharing, patients benefit immensely from high-quality care. Ultimately, EPCR ensures that patients get the help they need when they need it. For more information on the criticalness of EPCR for paramedics, continue reading.

Paramedics use EPCR for efficient emergency event recordkeeping.

EPCR stands for “electronic patient care reporting.” It is a computer system (the combination of hardware and software that work together) designed to improve patient outcomes in health emergencies. Medical professionals can record and access updated patient health information to provide the best care possible. Individual teams of paramedics integrate these systems via portable devices to respond to emergencies and send patient information over to the next care provider.

Improved systems improve levels of care.

Patient records are consistently updated so that whoever reads the information has the latest information on the patient(s) needing medical attention. Everything is logged digitally, so there is no confusion over the clarity of handwritten notes and paper files. The system guarantees continuity of care: serving as an accurate recollection of the patient’s condition upon the provider’s arrival, the care provided, changes that occurred for the patient during the route, and the patient’s condition upon arriving at the hospital.

Higher-quality data improves patient care and EMS agency workflow.

For paramedics especially, EPCR tasks are essential to agency operations. The time it takes to perform these reports is significantly reduced with EPCR, ensuring faster care access for patients and higher care quality. Responding paramedics also benefit from built-in billing and reimbursement optimization, which aids in preserving the stability of EMS agencies as well.

Patient reports are easier to create, saving lives, time, and money.

As efficient as EPCR is, the information is only as high-quality as the information entered. EMS agencies save lives and agency time, and money by perfecting EPCR. Many systems have integrated documentation systems and templates to guide the narrative process when reporting. Top software solutions also address spelling mistakes and apply progressive functionality, preventing the continuance of the report until errors are fixed.

Electronic patient care reporting improves patient outcomes and EMS agency proficiency.

Health providers can provide exceptional care when they receive accurate data from crews. Paramedics can work toward continual improvement of processes, daily operations, and procedures thanks to EPCR systems. EPCR is more than important; it’s lifesaving.

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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.