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By Donna Wilson
In January 2008, Oregon EMS introduced the ImageTrend State Bridge EMS Pilot Program. Today 50 transport and non-transport EMS agencies use Fire & EMS Bridge.
The Fire & EMS Bridge  is a Web-based incident reporting system. It is available free of charge to Oregon’s fire and EMS services. Fire & EMSW Bridge uses modern technology and is user-friendly. It has numerous features that advance the Oregon EMS patient care report’s accuracy, consistency and completeness.
The Fire & EMS Bridge is a centralized data repository for fire and EMS department data. The system has automated forms to create legible patient care reports. It also tracks repeat patients, staff, equipment, billing, inspections, pre-planning, activities, training and compensation. The system also allows users to generate reports that help agencies evaluate operational areas such as response time, procedures performed and medications administered, among others.
All Oregon licensed agencies have their own secure online accounts in Fire & EMS Bridge. The accounts are accessed via usernames and passwords provided to select staff members.
The Oregon Fire & EMS Bridge is designed to fully comply with the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) and the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) 5.0 and Oregon standards.
The reports module turns EMS-related data into valuable, easy-to-read information. From the centralized Fire & EMS Bridge console, authorized users can access the Report Writer and choose from one of many standard reports.
The Report Writer also allows users to dynamically create, display and store ad hoc reports. This gives users the power to find and display the data they want without relying on static reports that may not have the data they need. The Report Writer encompasses a single reporting tool that gives them complete control of data output and display.
Billing can be a challenge for agencies. To help with that, the program provides a quick and efficient method in fewer than 10 key strokes. Most insurance companies require that payments be submitted electronically. By providing a username and login, your billing team can enter the CMS service level and conditions code (IDC 9 codes) and submit for payment. This may result in faster turnaround of payment for services. If an agency does inter-facility transports, the Medicare-required questions are located in each EPCR.
Oregon EMS began exporting data to the NEMSIS in the first quarter of 2012. NEMSIS allows EMS databases to be linked from across the nation. This helps improve analysis of EMS procedures, improve patient care, and better evaluate the EMS role in health care. This is a vital step in the process of promoting Oregon EMS as a professional system.
For more information, to activate your department’s account or to schedule training at no cost, contact Donna Wilson at or 541-548-2206, X 311.

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