Georgia to network its trauma care systems

State chooses Swedish system to link trauma care centers and ambulances.

The State of Georgia is deploying a European-designed network-centric system to link all of its emergency medical first responders communications systems. The command and control system is part of an effort to modernize the state’s emergency trauma care operations.

“Georgia is experiencing a crisis due to the lack of sufficient numbers of trauma centers and an organized trauma system. This fact means any one of us who is seriously injured may experience an unnecessary and life-threatening risk,” stated the Georgia Trauma Commission’s web site. That need prompted the state’s Trauma Commissions Center to work with the Georgia Tech Research Institute to launch a competition to locate suitable systems.

Georgia officials selected a command and control capability based on Saab’s Paratus system, which uses the company’s TactiCall system to integrate legacy radio and communications equipment into an interoperable network. Under the $845,000 contract, Saab’s North American branch will provide operator stations and related hardware as well as technical support.

The new system will provide operators with an immediate situational picture: patient data and injury status, ambulance location and the specific medical specialties and capabilities of nearby hospitals. According to Saab officials, the capability will allow trauma cases to be quickly assessed and transported to the appropriate hospital with the available capability to treat their injuries. The new system, which can be expanded to meet the state’s changing needs, will be integrated over the next four months.


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