April 15, 2016–Today EMS Compass released performance measures in the areas of stroke, hypoglycemia and seizure and invited all members of the EMS community to provide comments and feedback. The measures are available at emscompass.org/ems-compass-measures.
“Following a thorough examination of the scientific evidence and using a collaborative measurement design process, the EMS and performance improvement experts on the EMS Compass workgroups developed performance measures to help EMS systems nationwide use their data to evaluate and improve the care they provide to patients and the service they give to their communities,” said Bob Bass, MD, Chair of the EMS Compass Steering Committee.
“Now the entire EMS community and the public have the opportunity to play a vital role in the EMS Compass process by reviewing the measures and providing comment and feedback to the EMS Compass team,” Bass continued.
The public comment period for these measures is open through May 6, 2016. EMS agencies at the local, regional and state levels are encouraged to evaluate these measures immediately and to provide feedback to EMS Compass on how important these measures will be for improving patient care and outcomes. Specific questions about the measures should be sent to EMS Compass Project Manager Nick Nudell at [email protected]
During the EMS Compass Steering Committee meeting held earlier this month in Bethesda, Maryland, NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor also announced that the cooperative agreement with NHTSA that created the EMS Compass Initiative had been extended for six months beyond the initial two years. Members of the Steering Committee discussed the importance of the EMS community coming together to continue the EMS Compass process beyond that period in order to create a culture of performance improvement in EMS.
EMS Compass plans on releasing more measures for public comment and testing later this year. To make sure you are notified of opportunities to review, test and provide feedback on the measures and the measurement design and testing process, sign up to receive updates at emscompass.org.
About EMS Compass
The EMS Compass Initiative launched in 2014 with funding and guidance provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through a cooperative agreement with NASEMSO. Although funded as a two-year project, the goal of EMS Compass is not just to create and evaluate performance measures, but to develop a system for designing performance measures that can live on well beyond the timeline of the current initiative.
The EMS Compass performance measures will be based on the latest National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) compliant data points and will allow EMS agencies to use local and state data meaningfully to improve care.
For more information about EMS Compass or to volunteer to be involved in the national effort, sign up to receive updates at emscompass.org, and follow the initiative on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@EMSCompass).