Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
ISDS Public Health Practice Committee
Clay Mann, PhD MS, Principle Investigator, NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center; Professor, University of Utah Department of Pediatrics
Gamunu “Gam” Wijetunge, MPA NREMT-P, EMS Specialist, National Highway Traffic Safety, Administration Office of Emergency Medical Services
Bernice L. Boursiquot, MPH CPH, Public Health Fellow, National Highway Traffic Safety, Administration Office of Emergency Medical Services
The US 9-1-1 and emergency medical services (EMS) systems provide critical, time sensitive care to millions of patients every year. While EMS typically provides medical care to one patient at a time, data from EMS patient records and 9-1-1 calls can be used to enhance public health surveillance efforts.This webinar will give an overview of the EMS systems and the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) and discuss how NEMSIS can be used in syndromic surveillance.About the National Emergency Medical Services Information System: The NEMSIS Project, managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is an effort to create a national system of EMS of patient care data collection, with a vision of collecting EMS data from all US states and territories. Agencies across the nation will be able to share the key elements of their data nationally and use NEMSIS data to evaluate care and benchmark against state and national data. Currently, 34 states and territories are reporting to the national EMS database and 40 are maintaining NEMSIS-compliant state level databases.NEMSIS was created in 2003 and the third version of NEMSIS was released in October 2011. For more information on NEMSIS, please visit nemsis.org.
Introduction to NEMSIS and Its Potential Uses in Syndromic Surveillance from ISDS on Vimeo.