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ETHAN Project Covered on KPRC

New Technology Used to Help People Get Care Without Visiting ER

Another project that originated at Harris County Healthcare Alliance has made its successful entry into everyday use for improving healthcare in Houston. ETHAN, which stands for Emergency Tele-Health and Navigation, is being used by the City of Houston Fire Department as an efficient and cost effective way to respond to emergency calls about health issues.Watch the May 13th Click2Houston video story. When they receive a call for emergency assistance, they respond as rapidly as always. But when they arrive, they have the patient connect digitally with a health expert to help decide the best course of action. Patients often receive more consistent care by seeing a primary care doctor rather than visiting the ER.