Network cameras enable ambulances to provide the right care faster
Cloud-based camera solution gives support to paramedics
“AXIS Companion offers a quick and easy way for us to test our concept. Axis also has a reliable and knowledgeable support service, which is incredibly valuable.” Bengt Arne Sjöqvist, Professor of Practice in Healthcare Informatics at Chalmers University of Technology and Programme Manager for PICTA at Lindholmen Science Park.
When a person has a stroke, getting the right care in time is crucial. Pre-hospital ICT Arena at Lindholmen Science Park (PICTA), in partnership with Sahlgrenska University Hospital, University of Borås, Ambulanssjukvården i Västra Götalandsregionen [Emergency Medical Services in Region Västra Götaland] and Chalmers University of Technology, wanted to find new ways for stroke patients to receive the appropriate care more quickly.
Axis network cameras, coupled with the cloud-based solution AXIS Companion, designed for smaller installations, are installed in ambulances in Region Västra Götaland. This enables the ambulance crew to receive support from neurological experts through video consultation so they could assess patients’ conditions more accurately and decide whether they should be transported to the nearest local hospital or to a hospital with specialist care. This means the right care can be provided as quickly as possible. Wireless communication between the ambulance and hospital is handled via 4G with a modem designed for mobile use.
The solution was tested in full-scale simulations and installed for live initial clinical testing. In the simulations, the network video solution was shown to give the hospital staff a greater opportunity to diagnose patients correctly as soon as they were in the ambulance. Quicker assessment and treatment of a stroke save lives and reduces the potential negative after-effects, which can be life-long. They also give stroke survivors a better chance of living a high-functioning life, while at the same time creating greater health-economic benefits for society at lower costs.