NHTSA’s Office of EMS envisions an accessible and effective community-based emergency health system that produces optimal outcomes from motor vehicle crashes and other health emergencies based on the most current available data. The Office of EMS has and will continue to support a variety of programs and projects that encourage and support EMS systems nationwide as they collect and make meaningful use of all relevant data to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.
One of the most recognizable and successful Office of EMS managed EMS Data initiatives is the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS).
NEMSIS empowers EMS professionals to turn that data into meaningful information, enabling data-driven, evidence-based care to patients and communities. NEMSIS provides the framework for standardized data collection, hosting the National EMS Database and providing tools and resources for EMS data use with the goal of improving patient care.
Since the 1970s, the need for EMS information systems and databases was recognized and many statewide data systems were created to address that need. These EMS systems varied in the ability to collect patient and systems data to allow collective analysis at a local, State, and national level. For this reason, NEMSIS was developed to support the sharing of standardized data elements for states and agencies to support efforts to improve systems of care.
For more information about the Office of EMS’ activities to support nationwide collection and use of EMS data, visit the EMS Data page of EMS.gov.