Three basic elements are well-managed in an efficient and reliable inter-facility transfer network:
Good communications ensure all three are coordinated as efficiently as possible, allowing doctors and healthcare administrators to more effectively allocate resources for patient referrals at all times.
The decision to refer an acute patient to a higher-level facility is made by a doctor.
Hospital staff calls the referral network call center to request a transport vehicle.
A dispatcher takes the patient’s information and sends it out as a text message to all available vehicles through Beacon.
Beacon selects the nearest and most appropriate vehicle of those replying to the alert.
The patient’s pick-up location is shared with the responding vehicle and arrival on-scene is confirmed via Beacon.
The patient is transferred to an appropriate facility; advanced notification is sent to the receiving hospital pre-departure and/or pre-arrival.
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