Pikeville Fire Department now using iPads in ambulances

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Some new technology in Pikeville may help you in the event of an emergency.

The Pikeville Fire Department is now in their second week of using a new iPad program.

Officials say they had been using notepads and a computer based system at their stations.

Now with these iPads, they can do all of their reports and assessments while out in the field, then send them directly to the ER and billing companies.

All records will also now be stored on an electronic database.

"It is a lot quicker moving than having to handwrite everything. It is all point, click, and drop boxes." Firefighter/EMT Brandon Hayton said.

Officials say that this new technology will have great benefits for their patients. EMS Supervisor Patrick Bentley says, " We are more focused on patient care than we are filling out the paperwork."

The patients aren't the only ones that will benefit says Bentley, "Pikeville Medical Center is going through the process to become a level two trauma center and it will help them out as much as it does us, paperwork wise and the data they have to keep for their trauma certification."

Officials say with such a big change, everyone is still getting used to the new system, but once they get past the growing pains, it will have major benefits for everyone involved.

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