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A new ERA? Electronic records in ambulances: a research programme.

Potts, Henry W.W.; Jones, Matthew; Williams, Victoria; Morrison, Zoe; Porter, Alison


Henry W.W. Potts

Matthew Jones

Victoria Williams

Alison Porter


In order to support the continued shift to out of hospital care, ambulance clinicians need to be able to decide which patients will benefit from being left at home, refer to alternative care providers, and ensure that appropriate patient information is passed on to them. Technology can help in a number of ways. Firstly, apps and referral tools can aid decision-making at the scene. Secondly, technology can facilitate the transfer of patient information to ambulance clinicians at the scene or even before arrival, e.g. by sharing information on past contacts with a GP, or on a DNACPR directive. Thirdly, it can support real time remote sharing of information so that, for example, an ED consultant can advise about the appropriate conveyance and care decisions while the patient is still at home. Fourthly, it can support the easy transfer of patient information to other care providers like GPs. Finally, electronic records can make data more readily available for audit, research and evaluation (Morrison et al., 2014). Data can be used in future research to inform service improvements, as well as providing ambulance services with a valuable store of information to run automated clinical and management reports, as well as defending against medico-legal action.


POTTS, H.W.W., JONES, M., WILLIAMS, V., MORRISON, Z. and PORTER, A. 2017. A new ERA? Electronic records in ambulances: a research programme. Ambulance today [online], 14(1), pages 33-35. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2017
Publication Date Mar 31, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 15, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 21, 2020
Journal Ambulance today
Publisher Ambulance Today Ltd
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 1
Pages 33-35
Keywords Electronic patient records; Ambulances; Technology; Ambulance clinicians; Electronic record systems; Appropriate care
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