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DOT Invites Public Comment on State Submission of NEMSIS Data

Jan 18, 2016

NHTSA supports and funds NEMSIS to further its goal of reducing death and disability on the Nation's roadways.  The NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center (TAC) assists State and local EMS agencies and software vendors in implementing NEMSIS Version 3.0 (and higher)-compliant EMS data systems and the corresponding XML standard to support data transmission and interoperability. NHTSA also maintains the National EMS Database and a national reporting system. NHTSA supported the initial development of the National EMS Information System, including the supporting Data Dictionary and technology infrastructure, at the request of the National Association of State EMS Officials. This effort developed the first-ever standardized EMS patient care reporting mechanism, which would provide essential information that could lead to improved patient care at local, State and national levels. In order for NHTSA to continue to collect NEMSIS data from states, federal regulations require NHTSA to obtain Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. Readers that understand the value of NEMSIS data and participation by the states are encouraged to submit comments in support of the program to Federal Docket No. NHTSA-2015-0051 “Agency Request for Approval of a New Information Collection: National Emergency Medical Services Information System- State Submission to National EMS Database” prior to  the February 4, 2016 deadline. For more in for mation …