Jan-Jul 2018

Saving Lives: Emergency Medical Services in India

BY MILIND SOHONI, WITH ANUBRATA BANERJEE By the year 2025, road traffic deaths in India are expected to cross 250,000 annually. Providing timely and high-quality emergency health services is a challenge, given supply-side problems, regulatory and policy issues, and lack of awareness about emergency care in the country. A robust national emergency medical service with an interdisciplinary approach is the need …

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Emergency Services in Emerging Economies: Challenges and First Steps

BY LAVANYA MARLA, YISONG YUE, KAUSHIK KRISHNAN, RAMAYYA KRISHNAN AND SARANG DEO Centralised emergency medical services (EMS) systems such as the North American 9-1-1 calling service are relatively new to emerging economies. Despite high demand, their growth and effectiveness have been low due to insufficient resources and systemic inefficiencies. Given the unique challenges of the Indian setting, Professor Lavanya Marla and …

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Creating an Integrated Emergency Care Ecosystem

BY UMASHANKAR KOTTURU Umashankar Kotturu, co-founder of CallAmbulance, discusses the importance of taking a comprehensive and collaborative approach to emergency care built on technology, financial preparedness and a human network to create emergency ecosystems that empower victims. In this article, he explains how this outcome-driven model can save lives in the Indian context. India has about 480,000 road accidents of reasonable severity …

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Emergency Medical Services: Are Drones the Future?

BY JUSTIN J. BOUTILIER Poor access to emergency medical care is a major barrier in the treatment of time-sensitive medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests and motor vehicle accidents. In this article, Justin J. Boutilier of the University of Toronto explores the potential of drone technology to be a transformative innovation for the provision of emergency medical services, despite a host …

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The Twin Advantages of Diversity and Familiarity in Teams

BY ANUBRATA BANERJEE, BASED ON THE WORK OF ZEYNEP AKSIN, SARANG DEO, JONAS ODDUR JONASSON AND KAMALINI RAMDAS. For services that use fluid or changing teams, it is commonly believed that prior familiarity among members helps the team work better. But team members who know each other may not always learn from each other, necessitating team diversity. Professor Sarang Deo and his …

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