PORTAGE | The Board of Works this week approved the purchase of new emergency medical services software that will improve patient charting.
Assistant Fire Chief Dan Kodicek told the board that charting software is used to document ambulance runs. The present system is inadequate and can't be upgraded.
The new software, from AmbuPro of Fall River, Mass., will cost $12,063 for the first year and $4,100 annually thereafter for maintenance.
The new software will allow EMS to go paperless for patient refusals and signatures. It will also be able to port in dispatch times and maintain previous data on patients so that EMTs or paramedics responding to repeat calls can view a history of the client.
Kodicek said the city of Valparaiso EMS department currently uses the system.
Clerk-Treasurer Chris Stidham said his department will also be requesting a change in software.
The present system combines charting and billing data and is inadequate, he said. The new system will split the two tasks, but will allow his department to more quickly and accurately bill for ambulance runs, possibly increasing revenues to the city.
In addition, said Kodicek said they will be purchasing four new touch screen Toughbook computers through a different fund to run the new software on ambulances.