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  CrashHelp Prototype
TCIS researchers have identified some critical gaps and consequent opportunities to enable high quality emergency response across the end-to-end EMS continuum of care.

One critical gap is the need to more seamlessly communicate patient and incident information from EMS "pre-hospital" practitioners to "hospital" Emergency Room / Trauma Center providers. Working with colleagues at Mayo Clinic we have a identified an opportunity and need to apply new and emerging mobile, web-based, map-based, and cost effective technologies to address this information handoff challenge. The CrashHelp System is a web based information system aimed at helping EMS field personnel (i.e., EMTs, paramedics) to more efficiently capture essential incident and patient information and to securely transmit that data to ED / Trauma Center practitioners.

(1) Paramedics/EMT's use a mobile smartphone to securely capture pictures, digital audio recordings, video, and the most basic patient and incident information handheld device plus monitor (2) The information collected on scene is sent securely to ED/Trauma Center facilities to a secure web-based interface for practitioners to view on demand

This is accomplished using three main components as follows:
  1. A mobile application that resides on a handheld device (currently an Android smartphone) that is used by EMTs/paramedics in the field.
  2. A "middleware" application that includes a centralized CrashHelp database, a web server, and an application server that receives, stores, processes, and securely transmits information across the CrashHelp components.
  3. A web-based application for viewing data captured by the EMTs/paramedics. This resides on the "middleware" server and can be accessed by the ED / Trauma Center and oversight personnel using an industry standard web browser.
An overview of the architecture is shown below.
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