Wave 2020 Conference: Topic Tracks and Speakers

Data is playing a greater role in health care today, and the information you gather, process, and share can make a very real difference in the quality of care you’re able to offer your communities.

Whether you are a data pro, or just getting started in collecting and utilizing your own data, the ESO Wave Conference is a fast-track to better use of your data. With innovative keynote presentations, informative break-out sessions with real-world topics, and valuable networking events, Wave is a one-of-a-kind industry event for providers in pre-hospital care, first response, and hospital settings.

Held every year in downtown Austin, Texas, this year’s conference is set for February 24-27, 2020 at the Hilton Austin. Registration is now open for the event, and the agenda and initial speakers list was recently announced. The main three-day Wave conference is also preceded by the ESO Training Academy, offering additional hands-on, specialized training on the ESO suite of products. Pricing is available for both events, or for the main conference alone.

Topics and Tracks

Wave 2020 will feature 11 specialized tracks, offering real-world insights aimed at improving processes, communication, planning, response, and data use. The breakout sessions cover a wide range of topics from lessons learned, best practices, forward-thinking concepts, the latest academic research, and ready-to-implement tips and ideas on data use. The year’s featured tracks cover:

    • Interoperability
    • EMS Best Practices
    • Clinical Data Management
    • Fire Data Management
    • Fire Best Practices
    • State Data Management
    • Poster Presentations
    • Revenue Recovery
    • Research and Quality
    • Product Portfolio
    • ESO Lab

Featured Speakers

Speakers invited to present at Wave are experienced and well-known in the industry. While some are ESO employees (most with previous in-field experience), others are leaders in the Fire, EMS, Hospital industries. This year’s list of speakers include:

Remle Crowe, Ph.D., NREMT: Co-leading the Research and Quality Track
Remle Crowe serves as the Research Scientist and Quality Improvement Manager for ESO. Prior to joining ESO, she was a research fellow at the National Registry of EMTs, where she performed investigations related to the health and safety of the EMS workforce while pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Health from The Ohio State University. Dr. Crowe has published several research studies relating to the EMS workforce, and her primary research area of interest is burnout among EMS professionals.

Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Ph.D.: Speaking on Fire Data Management
Matt Hinds-Aldrich is an academic-in-practice at Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, having previously worked as an Assistant Professor and interim Fire Science Program Director at Anna Maria College. His Ph.D. research at the University of Kent (England) focused upon occupational culture and specifically the much-lauded and lambasted concept of firefighter culture. He has researched and written extensively upon the concept of behavioral economics in public safety and the unfortunate topic of firefighters arrested for setting fires. Dr. Hinds-Aldrich also serves on the Board of Directors of Fire 20/20 a national non-profit working to increase diversity and inclusion within the fire service. In particular, he has been active in promoting High School to College “Pathways” programs in under-served and highly-diverse communities, as a way to expose young people to career and educational opportunities they might not have considered.

Catherine R. Counts, Ph.D.: Speaking on Clinical Data Management
Catherine R. Counts is a health services researcher in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Section of EMS, at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  She completed her doctorate in the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where she also previously earned her Master of Health Administration. Dr. Counts has research interests in domestic healthcare policy, quality and patient safety, organizational theory and culture, and pre-hospital emergency medicine. Given the crossover between her background in public health and her expertise in EMS, she specializes in the mechanisms by which providers are changing the way healthcare is delivered in the pre-hospital setting.

Jason Hathcock, Fire Captain: Speaking on Fire Best Practices
Jason has spent 20 years in the fire service and serves as a Captain with Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management Department in the Office of Strategic Planning & Accreditation Division. The City of Fayetteville is a metropolitan area bordering Fort Bragg military installation with 210,468 residents. His division is responsible for the development and implementation of new and innovative programs, accreditation, records management, data analysis, CAD maintenance, ISO compliance, service contracts, and GIS. Throughout his career, he has served at various levels in the fire service organization and has taught at local, state, and national levels on a wide array of subjects as they pertain to emergency services.

Keep Up-to-Date

You can keep up to date on all Wave developments by following ESO on Facebook or by visiting the Wave website that features an event FAQ, hotel information, agenda and track details, and more.

Register for Wave 2020 now.

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