Ambulance company deploys cellular communications system

Another high-tech fleet of ambulances has hit the streets. MONOC Health Services, covering eight counties in eastern New Jersey, has deployed a patented, cellular-based communications system in an unspecified number of ambulances to send and receive dispatches, email, patient records and other critical data.

The system, onBoard Mobile Gateway, produced by In Motion Technology of Vancouver, British Columbia, employs GPS technology to help locate the cellular network with the best coverage at the ambulance's location. Related software tracks vehicle location, speed and direction, and even monitors engine performance.

"From improving communications to monitoring medications, In Motion Technology has changed the way we respond to calls and care for patients," Joe Acciavatti, MONOC director of operations and communications, says in a company statement.

MONOC also is testing sensors to monitor medication temperatures and inventory in its ambulances, Health Data Management reports.

To learn more about this deployment:
- have a look at this Health Data Management story
- read this In Motion Technology press release