In the Media

Crunching the Numbers

Download PDF (Best Practices Magazine, April 2010) In Sedgwick County, KS, data collection leads to increased efficiency and better patient care.  

FirstWatch Media Highlights

FirstWatch Media Highlights  A compilation of local and national FirstWatch TV clips, including Diane Sawyer’s interview with Frank Gresh, Communications Center Manager at EMSA (Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK), during early onset of the 2003 Flu Outbreak.

Pandemic Flu and 9-1-1

Download PDF (Emergency Number Professional Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008)As a vital link to the public, and to the local public safety entities, 9-1-1 centers will play a central role in any local or regional pandemic flu strategy.

Operation Overload

Operation Overload (EMS World, May 2007) EMS Providers in Henderson, NV, face the challenges of explosive growth.

High-Tech Tool Warns of Flu Outbreaks

Download PDF (USA Today, Nov 2003) High- tech tool warns of flu outbreaks OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A high-tech tool designed to warn of bioterror attacks is helping to pinpoint influenza outbreaks in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The FirstWatch system used by the Emergency Medical Services Authority scans 911 calls and gathers information about the medical symptoms of emergency patients. The computer software has identified clusters of flu activity in Oklahoma s two largest cities from calls to EMSA dispatch centers. The system...

Three Rivers Gets EMS Early-Warning System

Download PDF (FireTimes, 2003) Three Rivers gets EMS early -warning system The News -Sentinel If you get food poisoning in Fort Wayne, an ambulance driver could know before you do. Fort Wayne, Indiana - A new early-warning system installed by the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority tracks 911 call patterns, and spots a spike in calls reporting certain symptoms -- before human observers can. The system can be used to identify a disease outbreak, a cluster of foodborne illness, even a bioterrorism attack. Once the...