A fully mobile system, Michaels will enable Washington D.C. emergency management system (EMS) professionals to convey data directly from the first point of patient contact to emergency room staff, administrators, and other city agencies and determine real time responses.
"Michaels Fire and EMS significantly strengthens the city's emergency management system, empowering our first responders with the ability to communicate critical data more quickly and effectively", stated Washington D.C. Medical Director, Dr. Fernando Daniels, III. "We consider OPTIMUS Corporation a key partner for the city."
"We are honoured to be working with our Nation's Capital to support the mission to create a more open and efficient emergency network system", stated Eric Adolphe, President and CEO of OPTIMUS Corporation. "We commend Washington D.C. for its ongoing vision and commitment to public safety."
Michaels Fire and EMS, named for the Patron Saint of fire and EMS, increases the productivity of emergency workers by speeding up the entire data entry and analysis process. First responders can easily input critical medical data from the field and collaborate with emergency room staff and other medical personnel via video and wireless units. Using a Geographic Information System (GIS), the Michaels command centre software enables the Fire & EMS field supervisory staff to view and track the locations of all ambulances and fire apparatus immediately, and quickly deploy the most appropriate equipment in a state of emergency.
In addition, with Michaels, Washington D.C. will now have real time visibility of their vehicles and assets, which will enable them to make more efficient and strategic dispatch decisions. The system also will provide the city with immediate hazardous material (hazmat) data to better protect emergency workers and citizens.
Developed in conjunction with and fully tested by emergency professionals, Michaels is one of the only EMS products on the market that is certified under the National Security Agency (NSA) Security Proof of Concept Keystone (SPOCK) programme meeting the highest level of government security standards. This certification also ensures compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
OPTIMUS indeed has met the stringent standards for electronic transactions of patient health information, set forth by Section 142 of the HIPAA Act, which requires:
- Authentication of data integrity, user and receiver identities
- Encryption of data to ensure safety of information
- Audit trails for tracking transaction history
- Event reporting showing time, date and event history on a transaction-by-transaction basis