Recap: EMS Compass Webinar Series

EMS Compass hosted a series of town-hall style webinars June 15-18, 2015 as a forum for members of the EMS community and other stakeholders to provide feedback on the quality and performance measures topics under consideration for further development and testing.

Throughout the month of May 2015, EMS Compass held an open “Call for Measures,” and more than 400 measures were submitted through the initiative website. These webinars were the public’s chance to discuss the measures that were proposed and within the context of the 10 domains, provide input that will help the EMS Compass team prioritize the clinical areas and topics addressed. This input will be used by the initiative to evaluate the measures based on criteria such as their importance for EMS to measure and report to their communities and patients, the ability of EMS systems to collect and analyze the data, and the evidence supporting the validity of the measure.

The ten webinars were organized by type of performance measure domain, or related area of interest. Members of the EMS Compass Initiative (which includes our Product Strategist Debbie Gilligan and Medical Director Dr. Alex Garza) led the webinars, which focused on discussing the types of measures that have been proposed and receiving community input.

If you were unable to view any of these webinars, you can view them all here.

We would like to draw your attention to a few of these webinars in particular that featured FirstWatch customers, as well as our President Todd Stout:

June 16th: Efficient Use of Healthcare Resources
This webinar focused on the domain of Efficient Use of Healthcare Resources, for example, possible clinical areas and topics include cost per capita/patient, tax dollars per capita, patient utilization rate, patient contact time reliability and crash scene time.

The webinar featured guest speakers Brain LaCroix, President, Allina Health EMS and Michael Ragone, National Director of EMS System Design with AMR, both FirstWatch customers. You can watch the recording here.

June 17th: Clinical Process/Effectiveness
This webinar focused on Stroke, STEMI, SCA, trauma, RAD, sepsis, CHF, pain management, hypoglycemia, seizures, COPD, mental health, anaphylaxis , provider skill success rate etc.

The webinar featured FirstWatch customer Rob Lawrence, COO, Richmond Ambulance Authority. You can watch the recording here. *Please note the webinar experienced technical difficulties on the recordings is only the first 25 minutes, however you can view the full set of slides here.

June 18th: EMS Data
This webinar focused on the domain of EMS Data. Example possible clinical areas and topics include NEMSIS submission rate and data integrity.

The webinar featured FirstWatch President, Todd Stout. You can watch the recording here.