The Bidirectional Buzzword

Across the United States, in 2020, hospitals that still primarily paper-based when it comes to their emergency department operations have started pining to receive patient data from Fire & EMS agencies. This long-sought goal has been catalyzed by COVID-19, but the hospitals and public health systems are frustrated because a few companies have made promises that they could not keep from technical perspectives. Failure to abide by federal interoperability standards helps explain why states like California have struggled with “bidirectional” data movement for so long: unfortunately, rampant mythology has percolated across the industry, confusing what can and can’t be shared in an automated fashion between EMS and hospitals (and HIE). In this presentation, we geek out about the technical methods and challenges to closing the “data chasm” among Mobile Medical agencies (Fire, EMS and even non-emergency medical transportation services), receiving facilities, and the overarching public health systems in which they operate.


Jonathon Feit

Jonathon S. Feit, MBA, MA, is Managing Consultant of the BrainTrust of Fire & EMS Technologists, and Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Beyond Lucid Technologies, Inc., the award-winning company behind the MEDIVIEW patient records platform and BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange. He is a columnist for the Journal of EMS, and a regular contributor to multiple EMS publications on topics related to mobile medical data sharing and analytics, patient care reporting, Community Paramedicine/Mobile Integrated Health, and technology for tracking and intervening in the cycle of substance use disorders (opioids/opiate and amphetamine addiction). Jonathon holds advanced degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Boston University, certificates from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Pepperdine Law School, and he has been a credentialed journalist for over a decade. Learn more and get in touch via social media or

Thursday Oct 29, 2020 - 11:30 AM CDT

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