Removing Administrative Duties Can Save Lives
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – One of the most burdensome, little known, aspects of selling AED units in most states, is that AED distributors are required to provide EMS agencies with detailed paperwork about any new AEDs they deploy. Since each state and, at times, counties within a state, have their own, unique paperwork, this process can become incredibly tedious. The more AEDs deployed by a distributor, the more burdensome the paperwork becomes.
“So often AED distributors are consumed with selling a new device and setting up a new AED owner with life-saving equipment, we take our eye of some of the regulatory issues involved with their account,” says Micah Bongberg, President and CEO of Annuvia, a national AED distributor for each of the majorAED units and firm that built the Arch AED Medical Direction and Oversight program. “Unfortunately, the simple process of filling out a new EMS registration form could have an impact on the client’s civil immunity protections under state law. Thus, while we’re hoping to provide clients with life-saving equipment, its possible that distributors are opening a can of worms for their clients’ liability protections.”
Arch completely resolves these problems instantly and accurately. The program has been pre-programmed with smart technology to recognize the city, county, and state for which a new AED is deployed, and then automatically pulls the actual paperwork required by any entities involved. The paperwork is automatically filled out and completed by Arch – all in the time it takes the user to click “save.” Furthermore, all paperwork, once complete, is automatically submitted to the relevant parties, such as EMS agencies, fire departments, and county health officials, based on their pre-determined means, such as email, fax or hard copy mailing.
Back-up copies of completed reports are saved to each client’s profile for their access at a later time or for the AED distributor that facilitated the AED unit purchase to review, as needed. Since Arch automatically processes such requests in the time it take to enter account details, time-stamps and records are kept, proving that forms were submitted when and where stated.
Arch removes much of the complexity in the heavily regulated AED industry. By allowing Arch and technology to take on some of the onerous challenges and administrative duties required of AED distributors, time is freed to be spent with clients and new AED owners. “Removing paperwork can free time to build new AED programs and add value to existing programs, possibly leading to more AED units in communities across the county and, ideally, more lives saved,” states Bongberg. “If a distributor adds one new AED unit to Arch for a church group or 1,000 AED units for a large supply company, all paperwork is instantly completed, signed, submitted, and stored”