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post #31 of 45

It's a brand new concept device, but the development team behind Ubuntu linux is creating a smart phone with the capability to be a desktop as well as a phone. Simply plug into keyboard and screen and you have a decently powerful PC. It dual boots Android and Linux as well as being optimized for both a mobile and desktop interface. Or in other words, you could have an application on one device. Enter the on-site information there, then plug said device in at the patrol shack and use a traditional mouse and keyboard to enter the rest of the data. All on one device so no cumbersome file transfers. Write the app to send all the data to a computer on site, and voila you have an easy record of all your data. 

 

There is one slight implementation problem I do see arising however. It runs somewhat tangent to Veteran's theories. While I disagree that there is going to be a grand conspiracy to prevent accurate statistics, patient privacy is going to be a concern. The application would have to be written in a way that the reports are submitted to an on site server and then removed from the device. I would have to assume that patient privacy rights would prohibit a patrol member from keeping all that data on their personal cell phone or tablet. So either the data has to be uploaded to a server and wiped, or the resort would need to invest in a series of devices that would stay at the mountain. The latter option I am guessing would still be quite cost prohibitive even with the dropping cost of smart devices. 

post #32 of 45
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There is one slight implementation problem I do see arising however. It runs somewhat tangent to Veteran's theories. While I disagree that there is going to be a grand conspiracy to prevent accurate statistics, patient privacy is going to be a concern. The application would have to be written in a way that the reports are submitted to an on site server and then removed from the device. I would have to assume that patient privacy rights would prohibit a patrol member from keeping all that data on their personal cell phone or tablet. So either the data has to be uploaded to a server and wiped, or the resort would need to invest in a series of devices that would stay at the mountain. The latter option I am guessing would still be quite cost prohibitive even with the dropping cost of smart devices. 

 

This is a given - HIPAA - but if the aid room info was printed or either erased or archived in a secure file or media like the paper reports, that should work.  The discussion where I worked centered around having just a few iPads in the aid room.  

 

Bunion?

post #33 of 45

I tend to agree with you Bob. We discussed on hill collection via smartphones and ditched the idea for the reasons you mentioned.

 

Most guests who are injured enough to go the the FAR can be documented there, for releases etc we would probably stick to a simple 3x5 card.

 

AFAIK, our incident reports are not considered to be so sensitive that HIPPA rules apply.

post #34 of 45
Thread Starter 

Great replies, thanks!

 

Just to be clear.  At our mountain, there already is a computer program for filling out reports.  The dispatcher opens the case over the radio for us in the field, and we take notes on paper forms while on the hill.  When we arrive at the clinic, we complete the form on one of the available workstations, and we give the paper note to the clinic's patroller for backup.

 

The mobile app would replace the paper forms for those who wish to use it.  Those who prefer the paper form on the hill and copying its contents in the computer at the clinic would be able to continue to do so.

 

The mobile app would keep the information in the phone when there is no signal on the hill and upload the information to the ski resort's central cerser as soon as the mobile device gets a Wi-Fi signal.

 

The main issue with the system I am envisioning is how to guarantee the confidentiality of patient data on a mobile device which would basically hold the information until it can contact the server's central database through Wi-Fi or a 3G network.  Until I can figure out this one, I don't think I will be allowed to deploy this service at my mountain.  However, having patrollers carry around paper filled out incident report forms and sometimes forgetting to give them to the person responsible at the end of the day is not any safer in my humble opinion.

post #35 of 45
I'm not sure why carrying around damp, crumpled paper is any safer than carrying around your cellphone unless they think someone's going to ski up next to you and log onto your phone with theirs, like on Person of Interest. I think you're less likely to leave your phone on the sink than paper and usually someone has to get through the password to read the stuff on your phone, whereas paper is not protectable.
post #36 of 45
Well, that sounds significantly different than our situation. We don't fill out papers on hill (How does that work in a storm or in steep places or on a serious accident where everyone is super-busy?) and we don't have a dispatcher to take things down for us and we don't have workstations to complete computer forms.

But if anyone wants to make a tablet app for the NSAA incident form for aid room use, that would be cool. tongue.gif
post #37 of 45

Sounds to me like what the NSAA should do themselves.

 

But call me crazy.
 

post #38 of 45

Has anything become of this? I am a new Patrol Director and have been charged with finding an electronic means of recording our incident reports. I am looking for something that would be easy to implement, but also not bankrupt the hill.

 

Please advise.

post #39 of 45

Never went forward with it. The funding was cut from my budget last year and this season my company was bought and I was out of my job.

 

Best of luck however. I was told it should be very easy to do.;)

post #40 of 45

We are currently releasing a private beta for an iPad/iPhone incident reporting tool designed for use by SkiPatrol. It can be seen at www.SkiPCR.com

 

It is true that under the new HIPAA Omnibus rule that went into effect September 2013 that all Ski Patrol are now subject to HIPAA regulation.

 

I would be more than happy to discuss this with anyone. Feel free to reach out!

 

- Phil

post #41 of 45

It exists already for 2 years  see

 

http://www.trailcheck.com/

post #42 of 45
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It exists already for 2 years  see

http://www.trailcheck.com/

Is TrailCheck available for iPads or other tablets? There is very limited desktop computer space currently where I work.
post #43 of 45

Hi folks, I just came across this thread, and thought I would pitch in to tell you all that I created Medic52.com about a year ago on the exact same lines as the OP had in mind. 

 

App is available in ios now for use, Android will be available in the coming days. 

 

We have a dispatch and reporting system that this all integrates with and we are working to comply with HIPAA (data is not stored on device, remote wipe ability, remote management, encryption on device, and in the air etc).

 

The paid version with the dispatch system also allows you to network with other patrollers, and record roles / responders on the form. In my opinion one of the best features about this is your dispatcher being able to see you are on scene, and assisting by cutting down inaccurate radio traffic. 

 

If you use the app right now you won't get a print out on an NSAA form but we can provide that easily. 

 

Happy to discuss with anyone what we have going on! 

 

Here are the free app links so you can have a go with it:

 

www.medic52.com/go/itunes/

www.medic52.com/go/android/

post #44 of 45

Hi

 

Did you write the app? If so we are interested.

 

Rich

post #45 of 45

Hi Rich, I have your email will reply shortly. 

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