On this episode of the EMSEduCast we discussed the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (EVENT) with Matt Womble.
Matt Womble has had a diverse career that has been fueled by a desire to improve the fractured and inefficient nature of the US healthcare system and improve the quality and consistency of care in EMS. His career began as firefighter/medic in both rural and urban settings in North Carolina, USA and these experiences led him to earn a Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) where he studied quality, finance, operations research and epidemiology. With advice from leadership within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Matt took his degree into hospital administration which offered education and experience in running large and small healthcare operations. During his time in hospital administration he also assisted cardiologists design and perform research projects to improve ECG acquisition and transmission by paramedics. In 2008 Matt left hospital administration to focus on systems design and innovation as an independent consultant. He primarily works with the North Carolina Office of Rural Health & Community Care to assist rural hospitals and EMS services be more efficient and provide higher quality care. Other areas of involvement and interest are in improving the “Culture of Safety” in EMS (http://event.clirems.org/), implementing Lean Transformation in Healthcare, developing inclusive systems of care for all Time-Sensitive Illness and Injury (https://sites.google.com/site/timesensitiveillnessinjury/) expanding the integration of Community Paramedics (https://sites.google.com/site/cpinnovationcc/home), and the evolution of the paramedic profession through international collaboration (www.InternationalParamedic.org).