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D.C. police, EMS to get broadband

Washington, D.C., is launching the nation’s first broadband data network for emergency crews, an important step toward arming rescuers with the latest communication technology. The many benefits of the proposed high-speed wireless network include allowing emergency room doctors to see live video of a patient still in the ambulance, or police helicopters to stream live video to patrol cars. The system’s Internet-like technology would enable all rescuers to cross departmental lines and talk directly to one another. A USA TODAY investigation published in July found that about 1,800 lives are lost each year because of inefficiencies in the emergency medical systems in the nation’s 50 largest cities. Washington, in particular, has struggled to accurately gauge the performance of its EMS crews, a measurement considered key to making improvements and saving more lives. Full Story

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