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About EMS Compass

What EMS Compass Is and Is Not

About This Initiative

The goal of EMS Compass is to help EMS systems measure and improve the quality of care at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and led by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the EMS Compass initiative has engaged a wide range of EMS stakeholders to develop performance measures that are relevant to EMS agencies, regulators, and patients. The measures will be based on the latest version of the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) and will allow local and state EMS systems to use their own data meaningfully.

“Developing a set of performance measures will give EMS agencies across the country the ability to ensure they are providing high-quality, patient-centered care. We see this as a huge opportunity to transform how we do EMS in this country.” - Paul Patrick, Past President, National Association of State EMS Officials

The result of this work will benefit the EMS community from patient to provider and administrator to regulator, as they pursue meaningful performance measurement. Due to the success of NEMSIS, the availability of standardized data will allow systems to use the EMS Compass performance measures to evaluate performance consistently over time and across borders.

“EMS Compass is the next step in helping EMS improve patient care, from rural ambulance services to metropolitan EMS systems to government agencies.” - Drew Dawson, Director, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS