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December 7, 2009
New ePCR (electronic patient care reporting) system improves pre-hospital emergency care for Torontonians
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief Bruce Farr will congratulate Toronto EMS staff who won the Merit and Diamond Awards for innovation at both Showcase Ontario and the Toronto Innovation Showcase. A media update on how the new ePCR (electronic patient care reporting) system is improving patient care will be followed by a demonstration of the system by Toronto paramedics.

Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: Presentation begins at noon, followed by a reception at about 1 p.m.
Location: Toronto EMS Headquarters, Atrium, 4330 Dufferin St., Toronto

There will be presentations by Chief Farr; Deputy City Manager Sue Corke; Malcolm Bates, Director of Emergency Health Services, Land/Air, Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; and Ward Hamilton, Vice President, Zoll Medical Corporation.

Toronto EMS is the largest single user, worldwide, of this type of ePCR technology. This data management system solves many of the daily challenges Toronto EMS paramedics face by centralizing information and linking the entire pre-hospital chain of events into a single system managed online and wirelessly. It is tailored for Toronto EMS and replaces the need for paramedics to complete up to 500 handwritten daily patient reports. Delivered on a secure platform that ensures patient privacy, patient care is improved through enhanced quality of service and through the ability to analyze patient data as part of the quality improvement/quality assurance process.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Kim McKinnon, Coordinator, Public Information and Media, 416-392-2255,



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