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OKEMSIS (Oklahoma Emergency Medical Service Information System)
Mandatory Database for all EMS Providers in Oklahoma
The OKEMSIS version 3 draft Data Dictionary comment period is now complete. The comment period ended on November 15, 2013. All submitted comments will be reviewed and a final change log and OKEMSIS version 3 Data Dictionary will be posted once completed. Submission of additions or suggestions does not guarantee approval. All changes will be reviewed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. If you have questions or concerns about the OKEMSIS version 3 draft Data Dictionary please send them to MartinL@health.ok.gov.
Since 2002, OAC 310:641-3-160 has required all EMS agencies to submit data about all ambulance responses to the Oklahoma EMS Database. This database has been a great success, growing to nearly 2 million runs with quality and completeness improving steadily.
The need for better national EMS data has led to the establishment of the National EMS information system (NEMSIS). The majority of all states are participating in this effort. The pre-2009 Oklahoma EMS Database was developed before NEMSIS, and used an older data collection and storage format. In order to submit data as required, Oklahoma has changed to a NEMSIS-compliant database purchased with grant funding through the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
Providers submit data to the website one run at a time, or in "batches". "Batch" submitters will need to work with their data vendors to ensure they have a compatible download format. Most vendors have already developed NEMSIS-compliant download formats, and will need to add only the "Oklahoma-specific" data fields to be fully compliant. Formats can be tested at the OKEMSIS website:
Effective January 1, 2009, Oklahoma EMS providers must collect all required data fields as shown on the 2008 Oklahoma Patient Care Report (PCR). All providers must begin submitting their data to the new database by February 28, 2009.
Few things are as important to the future of EMS as good data. We need to be able to show that our work makes a demonstrable difference in patient outcomes. Thanks in advance for your cooperation as we complete this important step in the development of EMS as a profession.
Both Regional and Individual Agency training is available. Please contact MartinL@health.ok.gov to schedule your training.
OKEMSIS Data Report 2009-2011 (Updated)
OKEMSIS Data Report 2009-2011 Slide Show (Updated)
For questions contact: Martin Lansdale, Epidemiologist: Martinl@health.ok.gov
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