This vision for a more people-centered EMS system was the culmination of two years of input from hundreds of people across the EMS system as well as members of the public. This link includes the final report, a one-page infographic summarizing the vision and six guiding principles that support it, and several videos about the project.
Advancing EMS Systems
Supporting the importance of developing EMS as a coordinated system of care
EMS systems are highly complex, integrated structures with multiple components, each with their own mission, working together to collectively benefit patients in need. Yet, while the makeup of EMS systems varies from one locale to another, one priority that remains constant is the need for all of the components within a system (e.g., dispatch, first responders, fire departments, ambulance agencies, emergency medicine) to function in a cohesive way.
NHTSA’s Office of EMS works with its Federal partners, alongside State officials and national stakeholder organizations, to support efforts to promote, assess, measure and plan EMS at the system level. These efforts ultimate foster EMS systems that are sustainable, forward-looking, and integrated with the evolving health care system.
Reports & Resources