By Jon Olson, Senior Public Safety Advisor, EMS, First Responder Network Authority
The EMS community has much to offer smalltown and rural America where healthcare options are dwindling.
While staffing shortages, travel distances, and budget constraints are closing doors of much-needed rural health services, EMS can help fill those gaps and bring new opportunities to these communities.
The remote region of Jackman, Maine, was experiencing these very constraints in healthcare options, especially on nights and weekends when the local health clinic was closed. Through an innovative telehealth project, the region now has 24/7 urgent care. Paramedics treat patients after hours using technology to consult — in real time — with emergency physicians at a hospital 120 miles away.