BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — On Wednesday July 13, Ochsner Baton Rouge officials announced a two way data-sharing agreement that can benefit Ochsner as well as Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

In this agreement, EMS personnel can share information electronically when bringing patients to Ochsner Medical Center of Baton Rouge. This gives emergency physicians the ability to translate what occurred before arrival, according to Ochsner.

“Sometimes it’s very chaotic when EMS arrives with a critical patient,” said Nathan Freeman, M.D., Medical Director of Emergency Medicine, Ochsner Baton Rouge. “We’re doing everything we can, as quickly as we can, to save lives. Having a complete record of what was done in the field adds another valuable layer of information while we’re trying to solve a complex medical problem.”

The agreement also gives EMS the chance to compare field diagnoses with those reached by emergency physicians. East Baton Rouge EMS Medical Director Dan Godbee, M.D., says being able to communicate this information is a critical training tool.

“Our responders care about the people they’re trying to help, and they want to do the best job possible for every second that it takes to transport the patient to the hospital,” Dr. Godbee said. “The vast majority of times, they never know what ultimately happened to the patient. So, this agreement makes it possible to understand the physician’s diagnosis and the patient’s outcome, which is very meaningful for our team.”