Mobile Integrated Health - Community Paramedicine (CP)
The MIH-Community Paramedicine Division of MEMS is being developed to identify and intervene with at risk individuals before the need for an emergency response arises. This program identifies potential patients, and a community paramedic can be dispatched to assess the level of need and develop a plan of care designed to fill gaps in the person’s healthcare and social support system that causes the need for an emergency response.
These medics are not rushed and can spend more time interviewing and examining the client, their environment, social circle, medical needs and support system. Based on these findings and the history that the client has with the healthcare system, MEMS Community Paramedics can better assist them in achieving their health and wellness goals to decrease the need for unexpected emergency response and treatment in an ER.
Community Paramedicine will team up with local hospitals, home health and hospice agencies, and others, with the goal of getting the right resource to the right patient at the right time, thus helping the overburdened healthcare system better care for all patients. The MIH-Community Paramedicine Division is also working with hospitals to find ways to partner in improving follow up care after hospital discharge to reduce readmissions.
Six MEMS paramedics and the program manager are completing their 300-hour Community Paramedic education program. Patients are continuing to be seen on a follow up basis by MEMS personnel as needed while these medics become certified. We have already seen several positive outcomes due to interventions by the Community Paramedicine Program.
The MIH-Community Paramedic Division of MEMS is also working with our communities by offering training in CPR, public health education, injury prevention and other outreach efforts.
This site will change as the Program gets off the ground and continues to grow.