Information capturing in pre-hospital emergency medical settings (EMS)

Kerstin Denecke, Lea Meier, Jan G. Bauer, Matthias Bender, Christopher Lueg

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Emergency medical situations are characterized by high physical, cognitive and mental demands on the paramedics on the ground. Studies suggest that crucial information such as treatments administered to patients is often documented retrospectively, during patient transport or once a patient is handed over to an emergency department. Information access may also be surprisingly difficult (e.g. patient medical history). In this paper, we focus on supporting in situ information capturing and report on a realistic laboratory-based study involving experienced paramedics that we used to explore the specific requirements and constraints of supporting in situ information capturing. Specifically, we focused on ways to use audio and visual data capture methods and how they need to be designed to better support paramedics without interfering with their work. We then use the resulting information centric perspective to argue for a roadmap towards smart emergency medical services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigital Personalized Health and Medicine - Proceedings of MIE 2020
EditorsLouise B. Pape-Haugaard, Christian Lovis, Inge Cort Madsen, Patrick Weber, Per Hostrup Nielsen, Philip Scott
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643680828
StatePublished - Jun 16 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event30th Medical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE 2020 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: Apr 28 2020May 1 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference30th Medical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE 2020


  • Emergency communication
  • Emergency documentation
  • Emergency medical service
  • EMS
  • Information systems
  • Paramedics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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