Dr. James Killeen is the master of wireless emergency response.
AMDIS award winner Killeen, 45, is an associate clinical professor of medicine in the emergency and hyperbaric medicine departments at the University of California at San Diego and the developer of WebCharts, an electronic health-record system for the university's emergency department.
Killeen also serves as the technical lead for the federally funded San Diego Beacon Community, the recipient of a $15.3 million federal grant to, among several core projects, demonstrate how mobile wireless technology can be used by first responders to improve patient care even before a potential heart attack patient reaches the emergency room.
“If a patient calls up and says, 'Hey, I'm having chest pains,' the first responder usually gets there before the paramedic,” Killeen says. “Some of them are firefighters, some of them are police. Some of them are San Diego port police.”
They carry mobile EKG devices in their cars, “so they'll do a 12-lead, and if they can see they're having a heart attack they can transmit to eight base stations in the county,” Killeen says.