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Richmond, VA, United States, 2010/08/02 - Henrico Doctors' Hospital became the first hospital in Central Virginia to begin receiving medical information via wireless transmissions from Goochland County Fire-Rescue Department on July 14.
This new system allows us to have the pertinent information on the patient before they even hit the door," said Dr. Tamara Barnes, Director of Emergency Services. "This is important when you are in a situation where every minute counts."
Ambulances in Goochland have been equipped with new technology that basically turns them into a WiFi Hot Spot. The EMS providers fill out vital information on laptops and then send that information to the Nurses Station at the Emergency Room at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. Other fire departments and rescue squads in Henrico County will be coming on board in August.
"Goochland County Fire-Rescue Department is excited that Henrico Doctors' Hospital has the ability to receive our patient's medical records electronically. In addition, this system will allow our EMS units to continue to provide 12 lead EKGs to the Emergency Department prior to ambulance arriving" said Deputy Chief Eddie Ferguson, Goochland Fire-Rescue Department.
"We are always looking for ways to partner with EMS to make our Emergency Room more efficient and deliver the best care possible for our sickest patients," said Pat Farrell, CEO. "When the opportunity came to be first in the community to take advantage of this new technology we didn’t think twice."
About Henrico Doctors' Hospital
Henrico Doctors'Hospital (henricodoctors.com), with campuses at 1602 Skipwith Road (Forest Campus), 7700 E. Parham Road (Parham Campus), and 2621 Grove Avenue (Retreat Hospital), is a 767-bed acute-care hospital offering state-of-the-art medical technology in a community hospital setting. Part of the HCA Virginia Health System, Henrico Doctors' Hospital was named one of HealthGrades "America's 50 Best Hospitals" in 2007, 2008 , 2009 and 2010. The Cancer Center at HDH is accredited by the American College of Surgeons with ten commendations and is a 2008 CoC New Program Outstanding Achievement Award recipient. HDH is a national leader in kidney transplants and robotic surgery. In addition, Henrico Doctors' is the home of The Orthopaedic Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility on its Parham Campus.