Carolinas Community Paramedicine Summit: AKA “Project Genesis”

It was just about three years ago that I was asked if I would like to go to a summit on this new thing called “Community Paramedics”. I was intrigued. Having been a part of the EMS 2.0 community on Twitter; I knew there was an effort underway nationwide to change the future of EMS. I was gently ribbed in 2009 for going to a Tweet up at the EMS Convention in Atlanta. But I knew it was where I needed to be. Connecting with folks that wanted to change the future of EMS. One of the people I met that night was the one of the organizers of the Tweet up, his name was Chris Montera. Chris was with Western Eagle County Ambulance District or WECAD as it is known. Little did I know in 2009 that I had tapped into a movement I would become a part of years later. Fast forward to 2012, I went to the Community Paramedic Summit in Charlotte with some folks from work. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Chris Montera was one of the main speakers at the event. I had a genuine, “Hey, I know that guy.” moment. They discussed the Community Paramedic program in Western Eagle County. They discussed how Rowan County had a grant and that they had a pilot class of Community Paramedics that we’re going to school now and we’re close to finishing. There was also a hospital system on the coast that had a Community Paramedic program in place. They were also funded by grant money as well. There were a lot of agencies represented in that room. Mostly EMS systems. There was a hospital based system that I remember being there, the folks on the coast that I talked about earlier. Then of course there was our bunch. It was a pretty interesting summit. They had sold us all on the idea. After we returned back to work I was asked if I would like to be the chairman of the new “Community Paramedic” committee at work. Having been on other committees at work I knew what the Chairpeople did. I asked myself, “How hard can it be to take attendance and write meeting notes?”. So I gladly accepted the task. Oh, how wrong I was! How hard can it be? I was about to find out. 

Note 2

   So the phone I am currently using is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Before that was an iPhone 5 and before that was a Samsung Galaxy S3. Before that was an iPhone 4S. Well I have been alternating between Android and iPhone for awhile now. Each phone has some things that it brings to the table. Android keeps drawing me back with its flexibility. I also
like the larger screens of the Android phones. The Samsung phones, despite the addition of their own UI, provide a good user experience on Android. Android and the smartphone market in it’s current iteration has begun to mature. So the platforms are really polishing up their product. In every case it is a win for the consumer.

Nikon D60

 

     So I have once again made the jump from Canon to Nikon. Canon is cool, but I really like the ease of use of the Nikons. I also really like how easy to understand the menus on the Nikons are. Everyone has their preferences and it seems like Nikon is mine. I will be putting this new camera through it’s paces over the summer. I am really looking forward to getting out there and shooting with this camera.

Android 2.2

  I have been using Android 2.2 on my Motorola Droid for a couple of weeks now. It seems like a solid and responsive update. It has added features and functionality. The main feature of 2.2 that I wanted was wifi hotspot capability. Sadly the Droid did not get that feature so I am bummed. Android is steadily improving. It is an open and flexible OS. I do miss the UI Polish and games on the iPhone though.

iPad

I bought myself an iPad. I debated this for a bit before I did. I considered what benefit I might get from having one. I then decided that I was going to get the 64 GB 3G model. While I was waiting I decided to get the 64 GB WiFi model. I have WiFi at the main locations I go to. So not having 3G hasn’t been an issue for me. The iPad is more portable than my MacBook Pro. The iPad does 98% of what I use a laptop for. Personally I could get by with just a desktop computer for home and the iPad for on the road. I think it is that good. Of course it is a personal thing that fits my style of computing. Each use case is as different as the individual using the device. So it may not be for everyone. I am excited for the future of this platform as it gets further development. I will keep you posted.

Droid

I have to say that I enjoy my Android phone. Having used it awhile, I don’t see myself going back to an iPhone any time soon. The market is getting more apps and is far more open.