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ESO Launches 2019 ESO EMS Index to Track Nationwide EMS Performance Across Key Metrics

February 21, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 21, 2019--ESO, the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and hospitals, today announced the findings of its . The Index tracks performance of more than 1,200 EMS agencies nationwide across five metrics contained in our previous EMS Indices: stroke assessment, end-tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2) monitoring following advanced airway placement, 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) use for adults with chest pain and aspirin administration for adults with chest pain.

For 2019, the overdose metric has been refined to give better temporal information regarding trends in opioid overdose and added a new measure focused on influenza (flu) surveillance. Data used for the Index stem from patient encounters that occurred between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

“This is the second year of our annual Index, and we are seeing how the use of data is having a positive impact for our customers and the communities they serve,” said Dr. Brent Myers, Chief Medical Officer for ESO. “In particular, we see year-over-year improvement of 12-lead EKG utilization and improvement in complete stroke assessment and documentation. While overdoses continue to represent a national public health concern, we are seeing some positive trends related to a decline in overdoses involving opioids specifically.”

Key Findings Include:

“While it’s fantastic to see improvements across many of the metrics, we know there are still some areas that warrant further attention across the entire EMS landscape,” added Myers. “We look forward to continue working closely with our customers and the industry to share data-driven knowledge that helps improve the health and safety of all our communities.”

The full 2019 ESO EMS Index can be downloaded here.

About the Index

The dataset for the 2019 ESO EMS Index consists of real-world, de-identified data compiled and aggregated from more than 1,200 agencies across the United States that use ESO’s products and services. The findings presented in this year’s iteration of the Index are based on 7.58 million anonymized patient encounters that took place between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, representing a full calendar year.

About ESO

ESO is dedicated to improving community health and safety through the power of data. Since its founding in 2004, the company continues to pioneer innovative, user-friendly software to meet the changing needs of today’s EMS agencies, fire departments, and hospitals. ESO currently serves more than 14,000 customers throughout North America with a broad software portfolio, including the industry-leading  ESO Electronic Health Record (EHR), the next generation ePCR;  ESO Health Data Exchange (HDE), the first-of-its-kind healthcare interoperability platform;  ESO Fire  and  ESO FIREHOUSE Software  for fire departments; and  ambulance revenue recovery/billing software. ESO is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.eso.com.

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