Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More About Important EMS Initiatives

EMS Compass Town Hall Meeting at EMS World Expo
On Thursday, Sept. 17, at the EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, the EMS Compass leadership team will host a town hall meeting to discuss the initiative to improve EMS systems through performance measurement.

Titled "Building Performance Measures and Why the Future of EMS Depends on it," the session will be led by an esteemed group of EMS leaders involved in EMS Compass, including Dia Gainor, executive director of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO); Alex Garza, MD, MPH, chair of the EMS Compass Evidence Review Group; Nick Nudell, MS, NRP, project manager for EMS Compass; and David M. Williams, PhD, chair of the EMS Compass Measurement Design Group and an executive director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Analytics and key performance indicators are critical for care providers and health systems as they strive to provide high-quality, evidence-based care and make improvements to EMS systems, which is why NHTSA’s Office of EMS is funding EMS Compass, a cooperative agreement with NASEMSO. The effort is engaging stakeholders across the EMS community through meetings such as this where members of the project team will share information about the latest activities, as well as answer questions and listen to feedback about the effort to develop performance measures to be used by EMS systems at a local, state and national level.

Check out this EMS World Expo session on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in room N258.

OEMS Talks Ambulance Safety at EMS World Expo
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently examined historical ambulance crash data to assess the frequency and severity of injuries to EMS providers, patients and the public and to develop national best practices for ambulance safety. This research is critical to preventing deaths and injuries, such as those that occurred on a snowy night in January 2014, when an Allina EMS ambulance collided head-on with a car in Minnesota.

Noah Smith, a project manager for the NHTSA Office of EMS, and Brian LaCroix, CEO of Allina EMS in St. Paul, Minnesota, will come together to share lessons learned from ambulance crash investigations across the country and a personal story of how a crash impacted an EMS system. This presentation will take place Friday, September 18, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room N259.

Promoting Innovation in EMS Steering Committee and Stakeholder Meeting
The Promoting Innovation in EMS project’s National Steering Committee and stakeholder meeting will take place on Monday, Sept. 21, in Washington, DC.

The project seeks to foster innovation in EMS by identifying common obstacles to change across the U.S. and developing strategies to overcome them. Through surveys and previous stakeholder meetings, the project’s leaders have identified several of those barriers already. Potential solutions to the issues raised in those discussions will be discussed further at the steering committee meeting. Preliminary reports on the earlier meetings can be found at emsinnovations.org.

Presenters will include speakers from Mount Sinai Health System and the University of California, San Diego, who are collaborating to lead the effort. Representatives from the three federal agencies funding this project - NHTSA, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security - will also be in attendance.

The all-day event will take place at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center, located at 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC. Register now.

Federal Representatives will Discuss EMS Issues at the NASEMSO Fall Meeting
The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) will hold its fall meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, from October 12-16. The meeting will discuss the most pressing issues and current trends in EMS today, and will feature presentations by a distinguished group of industry leaders.

Highlights at the conference include a roundtable of federal officials on Wednesday, Oct. 14, several sessions on ambulance safety, and an EMS Compass town hall during the afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 15. Online registration is open, and early bird registration is available until Oct. 1. More information is available on the NASEMSO website.