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Participate in Free Webinar on NEMSIS and Its Uses in Syndromic Surveillance

Jan 19, 2012

The National Emergency Medical Services Information System and the Technical Assistance Center and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration present a free educational webinar, "An Introduction to the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) and Its Potential Uses in Syndromic Surveillance" on Tuesday, January 31, from 1 - 2:30 p.m. EST.

The intent of the webinar is to:

  • Educate local and state 9‐1‐1 and EMS officials on syndromic surveillance
  • Educate local and state public health officials on NEMSIS and its capabilities
  • Contribute to the collaboration between 9‐1‐1, EMS, and public health officials

Who should participate?:

  • State and local public health officials
  • State and local 9‐1‐1 and EMS officials
  • Members of national and federal organizations that are involved in public health, 9‐1‐1, EMS, and syndromic surveillance

Attendees of this free webinar will improve their understanding of the role that EMS and 9-1-1 data can play in strengthening the interface between EMS systems and public health, particularly in the area of syndromic surveillance. And, this is intended to enhance the understanding of public health about emergency medical services systems.

Access the webinar information and register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/854740250 or www.syndromic.org.

To assist state and local jurisdictions with increasing their understanding of NEMSIS, NHTSA's Office of Emergency Medical Services has developed this introductory webinar regarding NEMSIS and its potential uses in syndromic surveillance. This webinar was created with the assistance of subject matter experts in the areas of EMS, 9-1-1, and syndromic surveillance. The presentation will be co-presented by staff from NHTSA's Office of Emergency Medical Services and the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center. Server hosting for the webinar is being provided by the International Society for Disease Surveillance.

This project stems from CDC's Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning (March 2011). Through a systematic process, CDC defined a set of public health preparedness capabilities to assist state and local health departments with their strategic planning in preparation for the new five-year Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreements that took effect in August 2011. Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning serves as a guide that state and local jurisdictions can use to better organize their work, plan their priorities, and decide which capabilities they have the resources to build or sustain. The document's Medical Surge capability suggests that state and local health departments' "written plans should include a process for ongoing communications and data sharing with 911 and emergency medical services. This may include requesting and utilizing [NEMSIS] interoperable [EMS] response data [...]"

Server hosting for the webinar is being provided by the International Society for Disease Surveillance.