September 12th, 2018 by

Paramedics hook up with NASA

Hastings-Quinte Chief of Paramedic Services Doug Socha (File Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

In one of its latest research projects Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services is partnering with the United States Homeland Security department.

In his report to the Emergency Service Committee on Wednesday, Paramedics Chief Doug Socha said the idea is to explore how artificial general intelligence can improve patient care.

A series of simulated experiments will test the interactions between paramedics and Audrey, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab computer in California. Socha said Audrey didn’t know what a paramedic was so that had to be worked on.

Socha told Quinte News  that data exchange has already started.

Socha says paramedics will make the final decision in any of their cases.

An experiment with Audrey on the project is expected to take place next spring.

Paramedic Services had been working with the Defence Research Development Canada Centre for Security and Science in Ottawa and this led to NASA. Socha had been seconded to the centre for three years and returned to Hastings County services recently.

NASA is also working with firefighters in California and police in Washington, DC, on the project.