IT in Emergency medicine
Even emergency services can no longer do without data and software nowadays. Since 2008, the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate and the relevant public agencies have been getting competent advice and support for the analysis and provision of data regarding emergency service issues from the German Center for Emergency Medicine and Information Technology (DENIT) located at Fraunhofer IESE. Currently, 99 acute-care hospitals and 8 emergency service centers and integrated emergency dispatch centers in Rhineland-Palatinate are relying on the award-winning (in 2012) information system eZLB, which supports dispatch centers in selecting a hospital that is both able to accept a patient and equipped to handle the respective illness or injury. The system is also suitable for other states and is to be developed further towards mass casualty care. In another DENIT project, indication areas for telemedicine applications will be identified and prioritized in 2015, true to the motto “Software can save lives”. DENIT is funded by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Sports and Infrastructure of the state
of Rhineland-Palatinate; the operative collaboration partner is
the Westpfalz-Klinikum GmbH (hospital) in Kaiserslautern.