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July 28 webinar focuses on Using Data to Improve EMS Systems of Care

Jul 21, 2015

Free EMS Focus Webinar is Tuesday, July 28 at 1 P.M. Eastern

Data collection and use continues to be an important topic within EMS, across agencies and systems and at the local, state and national level.  NHTSA’s Office of EMS will host a roundtable discussion titled Using Data to Improve EMS Systems of Care July 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern as part of the EMS Focus Federal webinar series.

During the discussion, the panel will address how local and state EMS systems use data to benchmark performance and guide quality improvement efforts to provide better care for patients and communities.  The panelists will also address the significant quantity of EMS data and how both national and local data sets allow different opportunities for tracking performance over time.

The panel discussion, moderated by the Office of EMS, will include insights from N. Clay Mann, PhD, MS, with the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) and Alex Garza, MD, MPH, a medical director and EMS Compass Steering Committee and Evidence Review Working Group member.  Also participating in the discussion is Nick Nudell, MS, NRP, project manager for the national EMS Compass Initiative, which is focused on using EMS data to develop measures for improved care. 

“As noted in the strategic plan adopted by the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS), together with our Federal partners, the NHTSA Office of EMS continues to support activities –– such as NEMSIS and EMS Compass ­­–– that help the EMS community use data to improve their operations and implement evidence-based care,” said Drew Dawson, director of the Office of EMS.   “EMS agencies collect vast amounts of data from patient care records, computer-aided dispatch systems, and other sources that can be used to steer quality improvement projects, improve operational efficiency, focus training efforts, and more.”

Register for the webinar here.

Attendees will be encouraged to participate in an open question-and-answer session, with the webinar and Q&A lasting approximately one hour. Every other month, the EMS Focus webinar series provides a venue to discuss critical initiatives, issues, and challenges for EMS stakeholders nationwide.