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EMS COMPASS Seeks Public Beta Testing of Performance Measures

Jun 22, 2016

EMS Community Invited to Test Proposed Draft Measures

EMS Compass published a limited number of performance measures in the areas of stroke, seizure, and hypoglycemia and invited all members of the EMS community to set up these measures in their reporting or analytic software in order to provide real-world beta testing and feedback. The measures are available at emscompass.org/ems-compassmeasures.

“After receiving a lot of great feedback during the public comment period that led to improvements, we are now ready to have some of the measures beta tested by local EMS agencies” said Dia Gainor, Executive Director of NASEMSO and EMS Compass Project Execution Group Chair. “Learning about what challenges exist with the real-world implementation of the EMS Compass performance measures is what it is all about. We have been working towards this for a long time!” Gainor continued.

The public beta testing period for these measures is open through July 8, 2016. EMS agencies at the local, regional and state levels are encouraged to test these measures immediately and to provide feedback to EMS Compass on how these measures were meaningfully used to evaluate local performance. Comments should be submitted through the website, but specific questions about the measures may be sent to EMS Compass Project Manager Nick Nudell at nick@nasemso.org.

Between April 15 and May 6, 2016, EMS Compass held a public comment period for the entire stroke, seizure and hypoglycemia families of measures. During this time, EMS Compass received 70 comments from EMS administrators, paramedics, advocacy organizations, healthcare 2 providers and more that led to refinements and improved measures. The measures prepared for testing are limited to those in which technical definitions were viable with readily available data.

EMS Compass plans on releasing more measures for public beta testing in the next three months. To make sure you are notified of opportunities to review, test and provide feedback on the measures and the measurement design and testing process, sign up to receive updates at emscompass.org.