ESO and Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA Partner for ESO Research Forum at Wave Conference

Registration open for EMS professionals to join forces with clinical leaders, researchers and data analysts to undertake real-world projects aimed at improving community health and safety through the power of data

February 19, 2019 – AUSTIN, TexasESO, the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and hospitals, and the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA today announced open registration for the ESO Research Forum held March 19-21 preceding ESO’s Wave conference in Austin, Texas. The ESO Research Forum brings together industry thought leaders and researchers to answer key questions facing EMS using real national data. More than 1,000 EMS agencies across the country currently contribute their records to ESO’s research database to make this work possible.

“The core premise of the Forum is: If we have data, we need to use it to help the profession,” said Dr. Brent Myers, Chief Medical Officer for ESO. “We believe data can be used to transform how EMS agencies prepare for and respond to incidents in their communities. We have an opportunity to impact lives in a positive way, using the power of data to improve the health and safety of communities”

Attending the ESO Research Forum gives participants the opportunity to work directly with clinical experts, researchers and statisticians to examine key issues with academic rigor. EMS professionals with any level of research experience are encouraged to attend. Research projects initiated during the Forum will receive continued mentoring and guidance in preparation for sharing results through presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

The inaugural Forum that took place in the summer of 2018 produced four projects that were presented as research abstracts at national conferences:

  • 911 dispatchers and patients suffering stroke: A look at whether 911 emergency medical dispatchers can reliably identify patients suffering from stroke.
  • Ketamine safety: A deeper look comparing adverse events between ketamine, benzodiazepines and antipsychotics used for patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies.
  • Trauma pain management: An in-depth exploration of analgesia administration for traumatic pain, including a description of pain management practices by patient race/ethnicity.
  • Prehospital large vessel occlusion: An assessment of which prehospital stroke scale is most accurate in predicting large vessel occlusion.

“This Forum is really a groundbreaking effort that makes research accessible and timely,” said David Page, MS, NRP, Director of the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA. “Typically, the types of investigations we have been able to produce in 72 hours can take up to 10 months in traditional settings. This wouldn’t be possible without access to the rich dataset provided by ESO. We look forward to generating more projects that can drive evidence-based changes in EMS and move the profession forward.

About ESO
ESO is dedicated to improving community health and safety through the power of data. Since its founding in 2004, the company continues to pioneer innovative, user-friendly software to meet the changing needs of today’s EMS agencies, fire departments, and hospitals. ESO currently serves more than 14,000 customers throughout North America with a broad software portfolio, including the industry-leading ESO Electronic Health Record (EHR), the next generation ePCR; ESO Health Data Exchange (HDE), the first-of-its-kind healthcare interoperability platform; ESO Fire and ESO FIREHOUSE Software for fire departments; and ambulance revenue recovery/billing software. ESO is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit

About Prehospital Care Research Forum

Established in 1992 by the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA is dedicated to the promotion, education, and dissemination of prehospital research. Despite numerous technological and scientific advances, EMS still lacks a unique volume of research for a solid scientific foundation. As a result, EMS clinicians, educators, and administrators often make decisions by trial and error. The Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA believes that it is the responsibility of emergency medical professionals worldwide to build a body of evidence to examine prehospital emergency care. To learn more, visit

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