COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – EMS crews in Colonie unveiled a new piece of technology on Wednesday that they are adding to their arsenal.
The new system will give the EMS department tablets equipped with Wi-Fi and GPS in every ambulance in the fleet. The new information system cost around $100,000.
The technology will help crews transmit medical information electronically from the ambulance to the hospital and decrease delays after a patient’s arrival.
“Really, what it’s doing is allowing our ambulances to have what we call CAD information – computer aided dispatch information – right in the vehicle,” Colonie EMS Chief Peter Barry said. “So they’ll have access to patients’ conditions, address, what we call BOLO information, or be on the lookout, if there’s any hazards for the crews.”
The system also helps police dispatchers direct the closest possible ambulance to an emergency.