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Regenstrief Institute is 'pace car' for coordination of medical care at Indy 500
Date:5/18/2009

INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis 500 spectators, participants and crews expect nonstop excitement and outstanding racing at the world's largest sporting event. They will find that and more at this year's Indy 500.

Along with the excitement of one of the world's greatest motor sport competitions and, for the first time at any type of mass gathering , the electronic medical records (particularly of those hailing from Indiana, the most healthcare wired state in the country) will be instantly, securely available on site in this case the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Clarian Emergency Medical Center. The virtual medical record of previous tests, diagnoses and treatments will provide caregivers access to the medical histories necessary to determine the best course of treatment.

"The Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC), developed by the physician researchers of the Regenstrief Institute, allows emergency department providers across the state, to obtain patients' medical histories, providing the ED provider with critical information about his or her patient. Nowhere else in the nation has this ability," said John T. Finnell, M.D., a Regenstrief investigator and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

"Now we are expanding INPC's capability to the Speedway's medical facility. This will definitely help spectators, participants and crew members who become ill or injured get the best care possible and it will also help us strategize for future events such as a Hurricane Katrina type disaster or a mass casualty scenario," added Dr. Finnell.

At the Speedway, first aid stands will do initial triage and, if necessary, the individual will be taken to the Clarian Emergency Medical Center. Typically, several hundred patients are seen at the facility on Race Day.

"Not only will this technology assist our medical care providers to obtain accurate and timely information regarding past
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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University
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