There’s not a lot of technological growth in the local area that makes the news. Few are interested in the latest technology used to sell cars or track property taxes, and consequently little makes the headlines. But tech changes in day-to-day operations of just about anything are interesting, especially when you compare before to after.
In another fine article from the Chino Valley Review, we see that our local friendly ambulance company has upgraded the technology that they employ on a daily basis. Here’s what caught my eye:
Before the software existed, Kasprzyk said a paramedic took a cellphone camera shot a of the electrocardiogram print out and send that to the Emergency Room, where a doctor would look for abnormalities.
“If the photo was sent, the quality was usually very poor and many times we couldn’t even tell what was going on,” said Yavapai Regional Medical Center Dr. Christopher Lampe. “Now you get these perfect images as if they’re being done in the emergency department.”
I’m just amazed. I see hacks all the time, and just when I think my skin is thick enough, along comes another marvel of “how did it come to this?”. Seriously, at some point, some EMT had enough creativity and ingenuity to snap a cell phone picture and send it, which was probably far better than what was done previously. And then it became standard procedure. I’m certainly glad technology has come far enough along to allow Life Line to upgrade to something that should have existed since the 80′s.