KBEMS wins Hooley Innovation Award

Jul 26, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (07/26/2017) – Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) Executive Director Michael Poynter was recently named a 2017 Hooley Innovation award winner at the ImageTrend Connect conference.

“Not only is it an honor and privilege to receive this award, but it’s also a chance to recognize the groundbreaking work being done by EMS professionals across the state of Kentucky,” said Poynter. “For instance, Kentucky was recently selected as one of only two states by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to participate in an occupational health surveillance project among EMS personnel.”Hooley Innovation awards recognize those who are serving in a new or innovative way to meet the needs of their organization, including developing programs or solutions to benefit providers, administrators or the community.

Poynter has helped KBEMS to set the highest of standards in regards to EMS data collection, which has resulted in all of Kentucky’s EMS organizations reporting. Also, data sharing agreements have been made with the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, under Poynter’s leadership.

“These are examples of how placing the focus on data accessibility for care providers and external research are critically important for us in terms of how we respond to a variety of situations,” said Poynter. “We must continue these practices to ensure EMS workers are able to provide the best possible care for our communities.”

The third annual Hooley Awards were narrowed down to a field of nine finalists in three different categories, and ImageTrend, Inc., is dedicated to connecting life’s most important data in the healthcare and emergency response community.

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