NHTSA: Facilitating Innovative EMS Delivery Models

Feb 11, 2015 by

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As we reported in January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and it’s Federal partners, along with the Mount Sinai Health System and the University of California, San Diego Health System, are facilitating the development of a framework for innovative EMS delivery models in the U.S. through a two-year cooperative project. As explained on the website for the Promoting Innovation in Emergency Medical Services Project, key points of the project will include: Regional Stakeholder Meetings in New York City and San Diego, on May 29th and May 11th, respectively; A National Steering Committee meeting in Washington D.C. in September; and will culminate in a National Framework promoting innovation in the field of EMS. Anyone can add their ideas, thoughts and perspectives via the public survey, which CAN BE TAKEN HERE.

“The point of this project is to encourage testing of new and innovative programming, big or small, from coast to coast,” said Noah Smith, EMS Specialist at U.S. Department of Transportation. “The government at all levels, but particularly at the state level, is not simply enforcer of the rules, but also advocate and promoter of innovation and new ideas.”

This National Framework will provide a map for starting the process of new and innovative models in EMS and ways states could overcome regulatory, financial, technological, and educational challenges and strengthen the system. One example of how EMS innovation could be tested is by determining how to redirect non-emergent cases to facilities other than Emergency Departments. This example mentioned in the NHTSA press release is outlined in the 2013 DOT and HHS White Paper and found there was an increase in patient care and a significant decline in healthcare expenses. Initiatives such as this bring EMS closer to achieving healthcare’s Triple Aim and can change EMS systems while promoting a patient-centered approach to healthcare.

Read the full announcement below or on NHTSA’s website HERE.

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