As part of a nationwide effort to discover and implement best practices for emergency medical care, New York Citys Mount Sinai Health System has announced the launch of its Promoting Innovations in Emergency Medical Services project, in collaboration with University of California, San Diego Health System.
The projects goals, according to a news release, include identifying and addressing the regulatory, financial and technological obstacles to improving EMS systems nationally. The project is supported by a $225,000 grant from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Office of Health Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, according to the release.
Our hope is to engage with a diverse group of stakeholders to create a pathway for the widespread implementation of best practices and delivery system reforms in emergency medical services across the U.S., said Kevin Munjal, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Munjal is a co-project director, along with James Dunford, MD, professor emeritus of the UC San Diego Health System and EMS medical director for the City of San Diego.
Leaders in the field have long recognized that EMS could serve as a vital link in a coordinated healthcare system focused on population health management. EMS could help identify and modify risk, assess and facilitate treatment of chronic conditions, and improve coordination of care for acute complaints. The rapidly evolving healthcare landscape especially in an era of healthcare reform provides an opportunity to capitalize on this potential.
Novel rural and urban EMS programs, including the one at Mount Sinai, have begun filling gaps in systems of care. Indeed, terms such as community paramedicine and mobile integrated healthcare are used to describe how the full clinical, operational, and financial capacity of EMS could be harnessed.
A key aspect of the project will be collection of input from key EMS and community healthcare stakeholders from around the country.
According to the release, regional stakeholder meetings will take place in San Diego and New York in May, with a focus on incorporating national input into overcoming local barriers to EMS innovation. A national steering committee is to be convened in Washington, D.C., in September.
The project will include drafting materials and soliciting feedback through in person, telephonic, and online encounters with stakeholder groups.
A National Framework Document will be established to offer a pathway to harness the full potential of EMS, the release said.
For information, visit www.EMSinnovations.org.