Southland Enhances Emergency Preparedness, According to Hospital Association of Southern California
Emergency Professionals Embrace Launch of ReddiNet(R) Version 4
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With the nation still stunned by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, Southern California's emergency preparedness agencies are addressing the lessons learned and working steadily to prepare California in the event of a natural disaster of epic proportions. A critical component of State-wide preparedness is efficient, real time and fault tolerant communication as evident in the lack of communication between healthcare providers and emergency agencies in the early stages of the Gulf Coast tragedy. In California where the earthquake clock ticks away and wild fires are common, residents and first and secondary emergency responders including EMS Directors, hospitals, ambulance, fire and long term-care facilities are fortunate to have ReddiNet(R) in place. ReddiNet is the only emergency communications system that can access four communication platforms -- Internet, satellite, radio and voice technologies for mass communication among emergency medical professionals with speed, complete coverage and redundancy. A pioneer in the field, ReddiNet, California's premier emergency medical communications system, today announced the launch of their upgraded system, ReddiNet(R) Version 4, in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. ReddiNet is a highly valuable resource tool. "As a hospital emergency department, ReddiNet allows us to easily communicate with other hospitals and public safety agencies such as fire and police. During multiple casualty incidents, we have been able to communicate with neighboring hospitals, EMS agencies, and track all patients via the ReddiNet system, freeing up phone lines and staff resources," said Shelle Fetters, RN, Pre-hospital/Paramedic Liaison Nurse Eisenhower Medical Center. ReddiNet is committed to enhancing and expanding its products and services that have served Californians for nearly 20 years. More than 300 emergency response organizations, including hospitals, regional EMS directors, paramedics, fire, dispatch centers, public health officials and other healthcare system participants utilize ReddiNet. ReddiNet gives planners and responders immediate knowledge of the situation so they can make informed decisions for daily management of emergency resources and during large-scale disasters. This communication tool saves time and ultimately saves lives. ReddiNet Version 4 offers the versatility, security, innovation and affordability critical for a strong communications network for all emergency responders. ReddiNet Version 4 delivers many significant upgrades that enhance emergency department management. High Versatility * Transmits on a variety of telecommunications channels -- voice radio, packet radio, Internet, satellite-in real time; no waiting for refreshing screens; provides high fault tolerance * Customizable and easily changeable features to accommodate individual network preferences * Allows multiple users to simultaneously manage all aspects of an event * Ability to add or delete channels, functions, and features over time to accommodate evolving needs and government funding changes Advanced Security * Application-based service ensures better protection against hackers and viruses * Encrypted password control; protects authorized users * Private network * Network operations center located in secured location, with physical security and coded entry * Redundant power and network connections so there is no single point of failure Innovation * Features new Emergency Department management tool that captures more information on patient loads, ambulance arrivals, status of patient admissions * Eliminates over loading of EDs and distributes patient load more equitably among hospitals * Enhances the hospital's ability to advance patient admissions * Provides paramedics with real time information on patient transport to improve efficiency in the field Affordability * Modular pricing offers many options to stretch tight budgets * Area price comparison shows ReddiNet saves an average of 35% over the competition Continuing Education * Personalized and onsite support; professional, experience-based training * Continuing Education Units available for clinical staff * Weekly drilling; hands-on participation in local and statewide drills * "Train-the-Trainer" Program and Quick Reference Guide "We are very excited about the updated ReddiNet system. It will allow the EMS Agency and hospitals to provide and receive immediate information to aid in patient destination decisions. The new ReddiNet is a much improved tool that will assist all of us in managing a complex emergency medical services delivery system," said Virginia Hastings, EMS Administrator, ICEMA [Inland Counties Emergency Management Agency]. About ReddiNet(R) Founded in 1986 and used by 300 organizations, ReddiNet(R) is a tested, proven emergency medical communications system and the only system to utilize four multi-channel communication platforms -- Internet, radio, satellite and voice technologies. ReddiNet(R) links healthcare providers with response agencies to rapidly assess and effectively allocate critical resources. For more information, please visit www.reddinet.com. ReddiNet(R) Media Contact: Pamela Devaney Phone: (858)692-9240 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Alt. Contact: Cathy Winans Phone: (213) 538-0719 E-mail: email@example.com
SOURCE Hospital Association of Southern California
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