DREAMS revolutionizes communication between ER and ambulance. In years to come, telemedicine systems like DREAMS will protect first responders by documenting what they did and under exactly what kind of circumstances. A combination of hardware and software, Disaster Relief and Emergency Medical Services (DREAMS) enables advanced communications between EMS and the ER in real time.
DREAMS was originally developed as a military research project using $14 million in funding through U. S. Army Materiel Command and the Telemedicine and Technology Research Center (TATRC), in conjunction with Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Science Health Center.
The system was in use for several years on five ambulances in Liberty County, Texas. Last month I was invited to take a tour of one of these ambulances in Houston, Texas. It is arguable the most sophisticated example of a working telemedicine system in EMS. After I got a close look at DREAMS, I called up and talked to two Paramedics who actually used it. Continue