An ACEP information article exploring a national health information exchange was published on the Annals of Emergency medicine website July 28th. The introduction says:
Clinicians use health data to make decisions about patient care, but because patients often receive care in multiple locations, a complete record of a patient’s health information is often not available at the point of care. This is a major challenge for information-intensive emergency departments (EDs). Emergency physicians often must make critical, time-sensitive decisions with a paucity of information, with the realization that additional unavailable health information may exist.
Read the full article here. Emergency medical services face this lack of access to information whether they are in an ED or on scene with the patient.