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EMS ID Cards
January 2, 2019
Previously, the Emergency Management Division of the Sheriff's Office generated identification cards for all of the County's EMS and other emergency response personnel. That system was slow, labor intensive, and not responsive to the changing rosters that each agency had.
Moving forward, Emergency Management will still print cards for EMS and other emergency response personnel, but each group will now enter and track the information for its own personnel themselves. This will allow quicker service, while making sure that changes to rosters are reflected more accurately and quickly.
The County will be exclusively using the Wisconsin Credentialing and Asset Management System (WI-CAMS) for producing these cards. WI-CAMS is a multi-purpose tool available to link and coordinate local, tribal, county, state, nonprofit, and private sector agencies with incident commanders and emergency response assets. WI-CAMS defines people assets through credentialing – a process of identifying, qualifying, and validating personnel - and further defines assets by equipment and capability through the National Incident Management (NIMS)-compliant system of categorization (category, type, and kind) response resources.
EMS and other emergency response providers can expect to receive information from Emergency Management soon, providing information on how to set up an account, enter information, and alert Emergency Management of any cards that need to be printed. The Sheriff's Office will continue to provide these cards free of charge for the foreseeable future.
Should you have any questions once your agency receives its notification, please feel free to contact the Emergency Management Division of the Sheriff's Office.
December 31, 2018
The 2019 EMR grant applications have been received, and EMR groups should be receiving an email detailing their 2019 awards. We are pleased that all of the EMR groups have submitted an application, and most were able to take full advantage of additional funding for licensing guidelines, as well as qualify for free ePCR software and tablets. This will be an exciting and welcome improvement in our EMS system.
the 2018 grant amounts will be finalized as close-out documentation is received. Please remember to refer to the 2018 grant announcement (posted below) for details on what items are eligible for reimbursement, what documentation is needed, and when that should be submitted by.
Updated October 31, 2018
We are pleased to announce that after careful review, the County has selected to purchase Zoll’s RescueNet ePCR software for our use. The County will purchase and make available this software to all Portage County EMS System participants at no expense to the users. This system will eliminate any CAD interface issues moving forward (which we have suffered with for literally years), and allow EMR reports to integrate into ambulance service reports. FBI/CJIS computer security requirements have forced us to look at our computer network with outside agencies differently, and improvements must be implemented for 2019.
We will also be making available funding eligibility for devices capable of using this software to all EMR groups through the annual EMR Grant for those that choose to use this software, encouraging their transition from paper to electronic reports, and facilitating the Medical Director’s desire for EMRs to generate proper documentation that can be easily assimilated while complying with state law. We appreciate the help of everyone who was involved in making this decision, and we believe that the overall benefit for the County-wide system will be immediately apparent.
We are still in the initial phases of the roll-out, and hope to be ready to implement in early 2019. We will provide more information as we have it.
We are excited to begin to roll-out the first of several system-wide improvements that will further develop our coordinated EMS system in Portage County, and bring an end to many normalized deficiencies that we have struggled with in the past. We look forward to move forward together.
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