EMS 3.0 Transformation Summit Program


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Coffee service sponsored by OnStar & Stryker

10:30 a.m. —

“EMS 3.0” – Industry Alignment on the 3.0 Initiative
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT, Chief Strategic Integration Officer, MedStar Mobile Healthcare, Fort Worth, TX; moderator

The EMS system must transform to remain relevant in the new “Healthcare 3.0” environment. To achieve this transformation will take the collaborative effort and spirit of many EMS associations moving in the same direction, while focusing on their area of expertise and influence. This session will provide an update to the EMS 3.0 Transformation process, explain the key associations involved in the effort, and outline the five key steps EMS agency leaders should take to transform their agency and our profession.

10:50 a.m. —  THE POLITICS

How Does the Change in Leadership Change What We Are Doing?

11:30 a.m. — THE MEDICINE

Clinical Care, Protocols, Medical Oversight & Integration of Health Services
Dr. Bradford H. Lee
, MD, JD, MBA, Medical Director, REMSA, Reno, NV &
Dr. Mark Conrad Fivaz, MBChB; MMedFamMed, Clinical Director, Priority Solutions Inc., and Emergency Response Operations Director for PDC, Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Lee will provide an overview of the clinical protocols used in the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority’s (REMSA’s) Community Paramedic and Ambulance Destination Transport (ADT) programs.

Dr. Fivaz will review the process of developing clinical guidelines for a telephone nurse triage program, like the one used by REMSA, MedStar and Northwell.

Both presenters will discuss the challenges involved with ADT and the triage/advice that sets the process in place. They will include recognized best practices, the science behind the programs, clinical governance and safety, and where this intervention is practiced around the world. Occupational Health and Hospice will also be included in the discussion.

12:10 p.m. — THE INFORMATION ​

Information Systems, Integration, Cybersecurity
Paul Trusty,
MS, CISSP, EMT-P, Information Technology Manager, MedStar Mobile Healthcare, Fort Worth, TX

As EMS transforms, our profession must focus on integration into the larger healthcare environment. Paul will share the process of integration and connectivity for data exchange. He will reveal important planning and practice measures to ensure success, such as: analyzing data input and output needs; maintaining information security; and meeting the information security requirements of an organization the transformed EMS agency connects to.

Anne Jensen, BS, EMT-P, Resource Access Program Manager, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, City of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Emerging technologies provide EMS the opportunity to improve quality of care, work in concurrence with our healthcare partners, and extend the reach of our health and safety efforts. This presentation will describe the data efforts of San Diego EMS and will include an overview of information systems, integration and data exchange.

12:50 p.m. — BUFFET LUNCH sponsored by Medtronic

1:20 p.m. — THE MONEY

Economic Models, Payment Reform & ROI
Chief John Sinclair, President, International Association of Fire Chiefs and Chief of Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, Ellensburg, WA

As EMS transforms to version 3.0, payment policies and practices also need to transform to meet the new service models EMS 3.0 agencies are being asked to undertake. The old economic model of “you call, we haul” does not necessarily meet the needs of our patients, or our agencies. Chief Sinclair will explain how economic models are transforming, what still needs to be done, and the way EMS associations are working to promote payment policy changes locally and nationally.

Stacy Elmer, MPA, MA, EMT, Director, Medical Device Integration and Special Programs, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Region

Kaiser Permanente is both a health care service payer and provider, and uniquely positioned to align incentives in the healthcare market that promote quality care at lowest cost. Mobile Integrated Healthcare-Community Paramedicine presents opportunities for KP to decrease unnecessary utilization of the emergency department and address patients with chronic conditions before emergency care is utilized. MIH-CP models will be explored to show why funding of programs is dependent on the providers used and vehicle through which the program is managed.

2:00 p.m. — THE EVIDENCE

Program Evaluation, Research & Publication, Outcome Measures
Cynthia Wides, MA, Research Policy Analyst, University of California, San Francisco, CA

In June 2015, 10 EMS agencies across California began operating pilot projects that are testing six different community paramedicine interventions. Post-discharge follow-up care, frequent EMS user, tuberculosis medication compliance, hospice, and alternate destination-mental health projects were evaluated. Cynthia will share the outcomes of the reviews, based on the domains of safety, improved patient well-being, reduced hospital readmissions, and emergency department (ED) visits, as well as the savings generated for health plans and hospitals.

Dr. Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P, Professor and Director, Emergency Medicine Program, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, PA

Prepare to be engaged and possibly rethink the areas of program evaluation, research, publication and outcome measures. Dr. Stoy will stimulate new thoughts and approaches to these topics by highlighting the professional and personal perspectives of participants, and demonstrate how those perspectives impact current direction and future considerations along the EMS 3.0 Transformation pathway.

2:40 p.m. — ICE CREAM BAR BREAK sponsored by Digitech & JEMS

3:00 p.m. — THE EDUCATION

Education Systems, Certification & Credentialing, Continuing Education
John R. Clark, JD, MBA, NRP, FP-C, CCP-C, CMTE, Chief Operating Officer, International Board of Specialty Certification, Carmel, IN

Physicians have followed a credentialing process since 1000 B.C., yet the paramedic specialty credentialing process is a recent development. In both cases, valid measurement of knowledge is important and helps ensure that patients are receiving the highest level of care provided by professionals in a specialty environment. Those measurements and the evolution of paramedic specialty credentialing will be discussed, as well as the need for the integration of “board certification” into EMS 3.0.

Dr. Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P, Professor and Director, Emergency Medicine Program, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, PA

Education, certification and credentialing, and continuing education form the foundation of success for the EMS profession, and are the basis for growth and the transformation to EMS 3.0. This presentation will discuss how these factors impact the EMS community. Collectively, the group will explore the next evolution of EMS education and how the result will drive our approach to patient care.


Matt Zavadsky, moderator

4:00 p.m. — ADJOURN